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Doctor consultations exceed 4 billion in India in FY21

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Doctor consultations exceed 4 billion in India in FY21

Growth in online consultation peaked after the lockdown induced by the pandemic in India and the online doctor consultation market is expected to reach 6100 Crores by FY24.

The Indian healthcare sector has seen many changes during the Covid-19 outbreak, one such being in the area of online consultations. Growth in online consultation reached a market size of 1200 Crores in March 2021.

According to a recent report by Praxis Global Alliance, a management consulting and advisory services firm, the online doctor consultation market is expected to be over 6000 Crores by FY2024 growing at 72 percent.

The report said the outpatient doctor consultation spend is valued at 7 Lakh Cores with general physicians having the highest share as more than 60 per cent of the consultations happen with general physicians.

Convenience and safety during Covid-19 have emerged as the major reason behind the use of online consultations.

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Airborne transmission of Covid-19 random, social distancing alone not enough to control spread: Study

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A new study new study has shown that the airborne transmission of Covid-19 is highly random and suggests that social distancing alone is not effective in controlling its spread, reiterating the importance of vaccination and face masks.

“One part of the way that this disease spreads is virology: how much virus you have in your body, how many viral particles you expel when you speak or cough,” said Dr Shrey Trivedi, the Indian-origin first author of the study published in the journal ‘Physics of Fluids’ this week.

“But another part of it is fluid mechanics: what happens to the droplets once they’re expelled, which is where we come in. As fluid mechanics specialists, we like the bridge from virology of the emitter to the virology of the receiver and we can help with risk assessment,” explained Trivedi from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

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France likely to announce Covid-19 booster shots for all adults: Report

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As per reports, France is expected to announce that Covid-19 booster shots will be made available to all adults, as well as stricter rules on wearing face masks and more stringent health pass checks to curb a new wave of infections.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Wednesday said it would focus on tougher social distancing rules and a faster booster shot programme and that it wanted to avoid the lockdowns being imposed once more by some other European countries.

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Air pollution linked to increased risk of getting sick from Covid-19: Study

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According to a study conducted in Spain, long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an increased risk of developing Covid-19 among people who get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The research, published in the journal Environment Health Perspectives on Wednesday, provides further evidence on the health benefits of reducing air pollution, and highlights the influence of environmental factors on infectious diseases.

“The problem is that previous studies were based on reported cases, which had been diagnosed, but missed all the asymptomatic or undiagnosed cases,” said study first-author Manolis Kogevinas from Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) in Spain.

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