With so many news headlines focusing on the variants and their potential to prolong the pandemic, it’s no wonder that people have become increasingly concerned that the vaccines won’t work as well against mutations.
But infectious disease doctors say that even if antibody levels drop in the months following vaccination, the immune system is complex and robust. We’ll be well protected against variants, they say, with a lower risk for disease, hospitalization, and death.
The key question is, just how well do the vaccines work against the variants?
According to experts, well enough that vaccinated people don’t need to worry too much about the current known variants. Ziqitza has gone through the data from vaccine clinical trials and real world evidence show that even in the face of variants, the coronavirus vaccines can prevent infection and drastically cut people’s chances of severe disease and hospitalization.
As everyone knows, there are two vaccines currently in use in our country. Dr Datar, Medical Director, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd says they can prevent severe disease and death and definitely reduce infections. He further says after vaccination, if we get infection, it is known as breakthrough infection.
Only 0.02% to 0.04% – or two to four per 10,000 – of vaccinated persons saw breakthrough infections after Covid-19 vaccination, which is a very small number, but even these few infections could be explained partly by the higher exposure of the infected persons compared to the general population, and to the ongoing second surge in India.
In the midst of these variant discoveries, there are conflicting reports on vaccine efficacy. So, here’s a summary based on science of what we currently know, what we don’t know, and what we can infer. Let’s start by asking what exactly is immune escape? Should we worry about it? And what does it mean for those who are already vaccinated?
Variants of concerns are mutated forms of SARS-CoV-2 that are more infectious, can cause more severe disease, can evade some immune responses, or do any combination of the above. Immune escape variants have mutations that prevent them from being tagged by antibodies, generated either because of prior infection or due to vaccination.
Effective neutralizing antibodies can stick to specific parts of the spike protein on the virus, preventing it from attaching to the receptor on the cell. Therefore, antibodies have a major role to play in preventing infection, both after natural infection and vaccination.
Viruses naturally mutate. Over time, those mutations that help the virus to escape from the antibodies can be maintained since they confer a selective advantage.Because vaccines were not developed with variants in mind, the antibodies that result from the first generation of covid-19 vaccines might not be able to neutralize variants in similar numbers to earlier versions of SARS-CoV-2.
Ziqitza Limited says while there is much to learn about emerging variants and how vaccines work against them, there is already much that we know. Headlines on “immune escape” variants may indeed be alarming, but they are also simplistic. The immune system is analogous to a complex machine with many parts and settings. It isn’t a switch that goes between “on” and “off”.
The best way to examine the effect of variants on vaccine efficacy is in a well-designed clinical trial. Even in the absence of vaccination, severe disease is rarer in young populations. Another limitation of the trial is that it was small.In the absence of clinical trials in people, there are ways to test vaccines against variants in the laboratory. Researchers are currently reporting antibody numbers from test variants to detect possible “immune escape”.
Many of these laboratory tests check how well antibodies recognize and prevent variants from attaching to cells. Serum is the fluid component of blood that contains antibodies. It is taken from those who have been vaccinated and is tested against variants.
Some of these tests have demonstrated reduced neutralization in immune escape variants.
But these antibody neutralization tests have limitations because serum doesn’t contain T cells, memory B cells or plasma cells which are other important components of adaptive immunity in addition to antibodies. In short, it is very difficult to recapitulate what is happening in the body from laboratory tests because they don’t capture the entire landscape of human immunity.
As per the observation done by Ziqitza Limited Rajasthan so far, there have been no reports of widespread mortality in those who have been exposed to any lineage of SARS-CoV-2 after receiving both doses of any vaccine. This may change over time, but after hundreds of millions of vaccinations, this should be a cause of optimism. Vaccines are indeed saving lives.
The data from multiple studies indicates that we will need to continue monitoring the spread of variants through genomic surveillance, but vaccinations will play an important role in ending the pandemic. They may not prevent infection from certain variants of concern or even stop mild to moderate symptomatic covid-19, but to-date all data indicate that they are extremely effective in preventing severe infections.
In the future, updated booster shots tailored to specific variants could strengthen the immune response to variants. Researchers are looking into different approaches to combat variants right now, but the vaccines we have are powerful tools in reducing the healthcare burden of the pandemic. To sum up, all vaccines may not work equally well against all variants in preventing covid-19, but if they can keep people alive, they have met a primary objective.
Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd is Asia’s largest emergency medical service provider company and one of the fastest-growing holistic healthcare solution platforms in India. Be it Rural or Urban space ZHL Rajasthan & Ziqitza Limited Rajasthan has also contributed in saving more than 30 Million lives. Ziqitza Healthcare is also a pioneer in the ambulance services business in India, the vast experience and knowledge make it more viable to extend its services into this segment. Being a “one-stop solution” for corporate wellness & holistic healthcare for giant corporations, Ziqitza Limited also offers turnkey solutions that include Ambulance at the Site, Wellness at Workplace, Telehealth Services for Employees, Medical Rooms, Doctors on Site, and Occupational Health Therapies, among others. Ziqitza’s Corporate Wellness Programmes are designed to meet a variety of needs and requirements of any corporate entity – service, manufacturing, warehousing or construction site and offer customized holistic healthcare programs to all.
Mental health and wellbeing are increasingly being recognised as important issues in society and the workplace. But are employers really doing enough to support employees or is it becoming more of a ‘tick box’ culture?
Ziqitza understands the concerns related to Mental health which have become a top priority for employers over the last few years and with good reason. Conditions such as anxiety and depression can cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity, according to the World Health Organization.
Large employers are boosting mental health resources as they recognize the strain the pandemic is putting on their employees. Two-thirds of employees report that poor mental health has undercut their job performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 40% of employees are battling burnout. Employees may be working relentlessly amid economic uncertainty with few social outlets, and possibly juggling childcare to boot, eviscerating any separation between work and the rest of their life.
Ziqitza Rajasthan found that promoting employee mental health at work is crucial if employers want to attract and retain committed employees. Almost half of employees 45.6% would look to move jobs if their employer didn’t provide enough support in relation to their mental health.
Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Dr. Datar, Ziqitza Healthcare says depression and anxiety are two of the commonest mental disorders that affect our ability to work, and productively. A recent study led by WHO found that more than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression and another 260 million from anxiety, with many living with both conditions and that such disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year.
Ziqitza Rajasthan & ZHL Rajsthan understands the impact of work alone on personal identity, self-esteem, and social recognition is hard to measure, most mental health professionals today agree that the workplace environment can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental well-being. Given that we spend half of our waking hours at work, our experience in the workplace is unsurprisingly one of the most influential factors to our mental health.
People don’t visit mental health counselors when dealing with debilitating work stress. Some feel therapy is too expensive, and for some treatment doesn’t fit into their schedules. As a result, the modern workforce is suffering in silence. Here’s where Ziqitza Corporate Wellness Solutions help your employee stay fit mentally and physically. Where your employees can get easy access to the Doctor on Site or Doctor on call available for counseling.
Ziqitza Limited has observed as organizations become more open to publicly talking about employee mental health, organizations can do their part in promoting positive mental health by becoming an advocate. Set manageable work hours, train supervisors to lead in a successful manner, have mental health resources readily available, and promote healthy living. When employees feel happy and healthy, they are able to work to the best of their ability. Moreover, satisfied workers exude the very culture your organization breeds, so take care of your staff and they will take care of you.
Benefits Of Prioritizing Your Employees’ Mental Health
Researchers found mental illnesses like depression, stress, and anxiety to be just as debilitating as some organic medical diseases like arthritis. This is why it’s important to create an environment that promotes mental well-being and provides resources and benefits for employees with such illnesses.
Some benefits of doing so include:
1. Reduced Sick Absenteeism: You’d be surprised at the percentage of employees who call in sick when they’re too depressed to get out of bed. Sick absenteeism causes repercussions like reduced pay. A better workplace encourages more people to come to work instead of avoiding it, reducing the percentage of absenteeism.
2. Better Work Output: We all know that mental illnesses can be disabling and make it hard to find motivation. Employees with mental illnesses may not be able to put in their full effort at work, and after a while, it could affect their work quality. Prioritizing your employees’ mental health can help improve their work output.
3. Healthy Employer-Employee Relationships: Who doesn’t want to work in a friendly environment, free of hostility and toxicity? Such a situation can only be achieved if you convey to your employees that their well-being is important.
Although mental health services have to be multidimensional to be effective, the workplace is an appropriate and important environment in which to educate individuals about mental health problems. Employee mental health can make all the difference in the bottom line of the company. Take care of the mental health of your team, and make your company prosper.
The second Covid-19 wave sweeping the country is testing the resilience of essential services providers like never before with the number of infections rising at an alarming rate and several patients requiring urgent hospitalization. ZHL Rajasthan appreciates the enormous risks taken by drivers and emergency medical technicians deployed on ambulances with advanced life support systems are often overlooked as the spotlight is often on doctors and nurses. They are among several unsung heroes making an enormous personal sacrifice to ensure India doesn’t give up in the fight against the pandemic.
In the midst of a pandemic – COVID -19 Ambulance Staff and Healthcare workers are at the front line to fight it by risking their and their family lives while transferring the patients. They are worried about themselves and their family safety. Here are some stories shared by Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd Ambulance Staff.
Sharing with you a story of an Ambulance driver, 29-year-old Sunil Vishwakarma, who took Corona patients to a regular hospital, says he has been out of the house for 31 days. So far, more than 100 patients have been taken to the hospital by him in Madhya Pradesh. He has done this while staying away from his family and made his home in the police station itself for months. While his family of wife, 4 month and 5-year-old son who lives in Indore amidst hardships. Sunil has done this to avoid his family getting infected. When the lockdown happened everybody was heading towards their hometown. RoshanLal, a Paramedic who has served over 84 Corona patients in Punjab by deciding to stay there to serve people leaving his family in Rajasthan.
There are months when the children’s were unable to see and stay with their fathers [due to fear of infection] as the drivers and technicians first carry an infected patient in their lap or on a stretcher before they are put into an ambulance. They come into direct contact with Covid patients daily and are unsung heroes of our society; their sacrifices are not praised by anyone. They keep on working wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) kits for hours, despite the fact that they are mistreated both by family members of patients and doctors or staff of hospitals sometimes.
Ziqitza Healthcare the organization that is behind managing the call centre for 108 Ambulance and 104 Helplines ensured the staff safety on the field and at the workplace ensured sitting arrangements were done with social distancing norms, fumigation of office at frequent intervals or providing buses for their transfers or making food and stay arrangements. All this was done along with efficient management of shift timings are managed from 12hrs to 24hrs to cater to heavy call inflows. The Call Centre team while addressing the heavy inflow of calls stayed months away from their family to ensure they did not pass on the infection to their family members.
Since its declaration as the national helpline on COVID, the Ziqitza Limited operated 108 and 104 Helpline centres have witnessed a sudden in the inflow of the calls from 2,000 per day to approximately 20,000 -22,000 calls a day; the mix includes both general health inquiries and COVID-19 specific calls. Wherein fear and anxiety caught everyone’s mind, the 104 Helpline in last 180 days has received varied nature of calls asking about COVID, symptoms, precautions, treatment, first line of actions required, hospitals handling COVID, tests to be conducted, self-isolation etc .To manage the overnight 10x increase in the calls, the capacity in the call centre was increased by Ziqitza. Seeing their rent less contribution Ziqitza Rajasthan appreciates all the Healthcare workers who are working selflessly during these tough times.
This recent pandemic took its toll on many around the world because of the effects it had when all civilians had to go through isolation for several weeks. Singles and couples had to deal with the challenges of not interacting with strangers to avoid spread of the virus. Adapting to this forced social hibernation, many have experienced some form of mental illness, either created by this pandemic or accentuated from a prior existing mental disorder. Those who have suffered from anxiety or depression in the past have seen their symptoms worsened because of not able to cope with the possibility of contracting the virus
How to get back to your life by adopting effective coping mechanism throughout these challenging times? There are several ways to work with yourself or in your relationship to make this pandemic journey work for you. If you are single and isolated from contact of the outside world, you can occupy your time with activities you weren’t able to do pre-pandemic. Since most are working remotely nowadays, you can use some of your free time to catch up on books you wanted to read or start a new business. By keeping your mind busy, you have no time to process any symptoms of anxiety or depression. They come at times when your mind is not occupied and you have too many opportunities to allow these toxic symptoms to set in and affect your mental state. When you set yourself short term goals, you have no time to think of the existing situation we are all facing and you are more focused on your accomplishments. Once these short term goals are set, you work on the long term ones.
Stress can cause a whole lot of other issues if not handled properly. The CDC mentioned a few but not limited to those as many may experience different effect to stress related illnesses. Some may experience health related fear that their fragile loves ones may contract the disease and succumb to the virus. Others may cope by eating unhealthy with increases chances of obesity related illnesses. Lack of exercises due to gym facilities being closed isn’t helping either. Increase use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs won’t help anyone adopt a healthy physical or mental state of mind. With today’s technology, there are many other ways to communicate with others through online video chat and working with your mental health provider can assist you by coaching you through this pandemic and get rid of the bad influences.
Family and support group helps as well.
Outdoors is still allowed during this pandemic and fresh air can help oxygenate your lungs and bring in a sense of elation that helps you cope with this isolation. Exercising will improve your mood, boost your energy and will help combat other possible physical illnesses related to this pandemic. Take it outside and enjoy the time you have with yourself.
Most importantly, getting yourself a therapist is crucial during these times. Many fail to seek the assistance of one which can drastically help you get the support you need during these difficult times. Never forgo your mental health because of financial restraints. Work with your therapist for a payment plan that can work for both of you. Mental health is something to not joke around and crucial to NOT ignore. Problems never really disappear if they are not tackled properly.
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VDOSH, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has announced its investment in MediGuru. MediGuru is a software platform that enables healthcare systems, provider networks, or payer networks to set up a telemedicine solution that could be customized and branded as part of their virtual care practice.
“At VDOSH, we understand the importance of making healthcare convenient and accessible for everyone. MediGuru specializes in implementing a custom telehealth solution for mid-size and group health medical practices that seamlessly integrates with their existing processes and these organizations without a large IT organization can focus on a seamless operation rather than force-fitting commercial video conferencing platforms into their practice. Our investment in this technology allows us to make a global impact in terms of putting cutting-edge technology into the hands of practitioners around the world,” says Managing Partner, Vishal Arora.
Virtual health is much more complex than just facilitating a video conference between healthcare provider and patient. Creating comprehensive workflow solutions that are healthcare specific, HIPPA-compliant and can seamlessly integrate with any EHR system is a distinguishing factor for this company. “MediGuru was purpose-built with workflows that were co-designed by care teams to integrate into an existing practice providing the same level of in-person experience. Our innovative solution is simple to use, offers a superior treatment experience that elevates a company’s Care Outcomes while decreasing the cost to implement,” says CEO and founder, Siva Nagalingam.
COVID-19 accelerated telehealth adoption and usage. Even post-Covid, 35% of medical consultations are expected to be virtual. The future innovation in efficiency and quality of telemedicine platforms is key for success. Siva also shares, “We are very pleased to receive this early investment from VDOSH. Our solution is technically comparable with some of the market leaders and is being evaluated and adopted by multiple organizations. There is a need to have a solution that is simple and integrates seamlessly with less customization, implementation, and operational costs. This capital will allow us focus on sales and business development resources to increase our adoption inside continental US.”
VDOSH is a venture capital firm, which gives investors the opportunity to invest in promising new startup companies alongside major players in the industry through VDOSH Fund. For its entrepreneurs, it provides an efficient funding process and instantaneous access to a well-established network of investors and influencers.
You can find more information on VDOSH at www.vdosh.com.