mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

mRNA Technology Gave Us the First COVID-19 Vaccines. It Could Also Upend the Drug Industry
“No!” The doctor snapped. “Look at me!” I had been staring her in the eyes, as she had ordered, but when a doctor on my other side began jabbing me with a needle, I started to turn my head. “Don’t look at it,” the first doctor said. I obeyed. This was in early August in New Orleans, where I had signed up to be a participant in the clinical trial for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It was a blind study, which meant I was not supposed to know whether I had gotten the placebo or the real vaccine. I asked the doctor if I would really been able to tell by looking at the syringe. &...
Source: TIME: Science - January 11, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Walter Isaacson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Pandemic-Related MMR Vaccine Decline Persists
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2021 -- There has been a 10 percent decline in young children receiving their first measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccination by age 16 months, according to a research brief published in the January issue of Pediatrics. Sara M.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 6, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vaccination in pregnancy (VIP), PHE (updated 31st December 2020)
This guidance contains advice for health professionals on pregnant women who are vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19), chicken pox (varicella), shingles or measles, mumps, rubella. Recent updates: 31st December 2020 - updated Vaccination in pregnancy (VIP) notification form. 18th December 2020 - updated VIP notification form and added COVID-19 vaccine information. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: How will the pandemic affect global health in 2021?
From Covid-19 to measles, Smitha Mundasad looks at the health issues facing the world this year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: How Much Herd Immunity is Enough?
Scientists initially estimated that 60 to 70 percent of the population needed to acquire resistance to the coronavirus to banish it. Now Dr. Anthony Fauci and others are quietly shifting that number upward. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald G. McNeil Jr. Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Disease Rates Measles Vaccination and Immunization Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) World Health Organization Fauci, Anthony S Lipsitch, Marc Source Type: news

Here ’s What’s Behind Americans’ Uneasy Relationship With Vaccines
Time was, nobody quarreled with the idea of a new vaccine. In 1955, church bells rang and headlines blared when Jonas Salk announced that his new vaccine against polio was safe, effective and powerful. Similar, if more subdued, enthusiasm greeted the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963 and the global eradication of smallpox in 1980. But we live in a more suspicious and cynical time. Even as the world has desperately awaited the development of the recently introduced COVID-19 vaccines, only 70% of Americans say they will take them, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Fewer than half of Americans rec...
Source: TIME: Health - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected measles vaccination rates?
(Nationwide Children's Hospital) In a recent study published inPediatrics, researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital evaluated changes in measles vaccination rates from before the pandemic to this summer, when return for clinical care was encouraged. Finding a steep and lasting decline, the researchers are making efforts to improve timely vaccination and provide safe catch-up opportunities to children in their pediatric primary care network. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New scientific study: Children falling behind on measles vaccinations
(Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) While the world witnessed impressive progress in immunizing children against measles between 2000 and 2010, the last 10 years have seen such efforts stalling in low- and middle-income nations, according to a new scientific study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Ambulance Science Podcast: Make Up Your Own Mind About the Vaccine
Get every episode of The Ambulance Science Podcast by subscribing to Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Where I’m coming from (compared to most of my colleagues): Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from Yale Medical School.FT Faculty at GWU School of Medicine & Southern Connecticut State University MPH Program, and long-time adjunct faculty at NYMC MPH program in Health Policy.Assistant Commissioner of Health at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene during the first SARS outbreak.Served as State EMS Director, Consultant to Public Health ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 14, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Podcasts Ambulance Science Source Type: news

COVID-19 Appeared in Italy in November 2019, Study Shows COVID-19 Appeared in Italy in November 2019, Study Shows
Researchers re-examined 39 swabs of suspected measles patients, including a boy's, which tested positive for coronavirus, the study says.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - December 11, 2020 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

We All Deserve Protection From Covid-19
Credit: United NationsBy Adaora OkoliNEW ORLEANS, US, Dec 11 2020 (IPS) When I contracted Ebola virus disease in August 2014 while working as a medical doctor in a well-known private hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, I was denied access to a potential cure. For 15 days, I battled for my life in a debilitated isolation ward, not knowing if I would survive. But American aid workers who contracted Ebola were administered Zmapp, a monoclonal antibody treatment, which reduces the relative risk of death from Ebola by 40% as well as shorten the duration of stay in the Ebola treatment units. They survived. We were told that Zmapp was e...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Adaora Okoli Tags: Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

John Humphrys 'horrendous' health experience and how his father lost his sight
JOHN HUMPHRYS appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss his father's "horrendous" experience with measles and how he lost his sight, highlighting the importance of vaccinations. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Misinformation on Social Media Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy: a Global Study Shows the Link
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The post Misinformation on Social Media Fuels Vaccine Hesitancy: a Global Study Shows the Link appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: External Source Tags: Global Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

BRAINWASHING THE YOUNG: Cry Babies dolls allow children to "vaccinate" their dolls, causing measles-looking red dots on their face to vanish
(Natural News) Awareness seems to be growing about the dangers and ineffectiveness of vaccines, so much so that a children’s doll product known as “Cry Babies” was designed to brainwash innocent kids into believing that vaccination is the way to “cure” disease. A commercial spot for Cry Babies shows two little girls playing with a... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sanford Health CEO Refuses To Wear Face Masks After Having Covid-19 Coronavirus
CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, who is not a scientist or a doctor, claims that he is "immune for at least seven months and perhaps years to come, similar to that of chicken pox, measles, etc." (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business pharma Source Type: news

Sanford Health CEO Refuses To Wear Face Masks After Having Covid-19
CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft, who is not a scientist or a doctor, claims that he is "immune for at least seven months and perhaps years to come, similar to that of chicken pox, measles, etc." (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Senior Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Coronavirus pharma Source Type: news

The Covid-19 Vaccines That Genomics Built
The new genetic vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infections use mRNA technology, instead of the approach used in traditional vaccines, like those for measles and polio. These new genetic vaccines appear to be safe and effective, as well as faster and cheaper to produce. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ellen Matloff, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma & Source Type: news

MMR vaccine may protect against severe illness from COVID-19, study finds
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine appears to offer at least some protection against COVID-19, possibly preventing severe illness from the disease, a study published Friday by the online journal mBio found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MMR vaccine may protect against Covid-19, study claims
Scientists from the University of Georgia claim the MMR jab, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, prevents people from getting seriously unwell with Covid-19. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MMR vaccine could protect against COVID-19
(American Society for Microbiology) The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has been theorized to provide protection against COVID-19. In a new study published inmBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers provide further proof of this by showing that mumps IgG titers, or levels of IgG antibody, are inversely correlated with severity in recovered COVID-19 patients previously vaccinated with the MMR II vaccine produced by Merck (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Three Groups of People Biden Must Reach Out to if He Wants to End the Pandemic, According to Dr. Leana Wen
When the long history of the COVID-19 pandemic is finally written, Dr. Leana Wen will be remembered as one of the most reassuring faces and reliable voices in this period of hardship. A former health commissioner of Baltimore and current visiting professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health, Wen has provided both encouragement and tough-love truths for a public hungry for information and counsel. In a Nov. 19 conversation with TIME’s Alice Park, she offered her candid thoughts about what is very much an inflection point in the pandemic—with two new vaccines (one from Moderna and one fro...
Source: TIME: Health - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Children in U.S. May Miss 9 Million Vaccine Doses in 2020, Report Warns
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said vaccinations for measles, polio and other highly contagious diseases had fallen by as much as 26 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Neil Vigdor Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Disease Rates Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Children and Childhood Measles Vaccination and Immunization Whooping Cough Poliomyelitis Blue Cross and Blue Shield Assn Source Type: news

Moderna ’s COVID-19 Vaccine Is 94.5% Effective. Here’s What That Really Means
It’s wasn’t a typical Sunday morning for Dr. Stephen Hoge, president of the biotech company Moderna, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. They were at their respective homes in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., waiting to to be let into a Zoom call to hear the results of the very first COVID-19 vaccine that was tested in people. The hosts were members of the independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) that is reviewing data involving all the COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program, and Hoge a...
Source: TIME: Health - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Coronavirus warning: 'Severe' measles outbreak is 'inevitable' after pandemic
COVID cases continue to rise in the UK and around the world. But scientists have now warned that the coronavirus pandemic may spark "inevitable" measles outbreaks next year due to the absence of vaccines. These are the signs and symptoms of measles that you should know about. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Measles Deaths Top 200,000 In One Year: Vaccines Would Prevent That
As the world impatiently waits for positive news about a vaccine to prevent Covid-19 infections, other vaccine-preventable illnesses are raging. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Kenya: Universal Basic Income Helped People in Pandemic - but It's Not a Silver Bullet
[The Conversation Africa] The coronavirus pandemic is having devastating socio-economic effects on people in many parts of the world. Poverty, hunger and malnutrition are increasing; diseases - including polio, measles, and tuberculosis - are surging; and anxiety, depression, and stress are on the rise. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 16, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measles outbreaks likely in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
(Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) Major measles outbreaks will likely occur during 2021 as an unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new academic article. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Measles cases hit 20-year high as Covid disrupts vaccinations
Number of people dying from the disease also increased by 50% since 2016, according to data from the WHO and CDC (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You May Not Be Able to Get Pfizer ’s Frontrunner COVID-19 Vaccine
The freezer in your kitchen likely gets down to temperatures around -20° C (-4° F). “That keeps your ice cream cold, but it doesn’t turn your ice cream into an impenetrable block of ice,” says Paula Cannon, an associate professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Pfizer’s promising COVID-19 vaccine, by contrast, must be stored at about -70° C (-94° F)—a temperature cold enough to harden ice cream into a spoon-breaking block of ice, and that only specialized freezers can produce. Those cold storage ...
Source: TIME: Health - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Measles Cases Reach Highest Number in 23 Years
FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2020 -- Measles cases reached their highest number in 23 years in 2019, according to research from the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Nov. 13 issue of Morbidity and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - November 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Africa: Measles Killed 207,500 People in 2019 - WHO
[Premium Times] Countries that have recently suffered large measles outbreaks include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Central African Republic (CAR), Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Samoa, Tonga, and Ukraine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 13, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Health Highlights, Nov. 13, 2020
Below are newsworthy items compiled by the Healthday staff:  Measles Deaths Reach Highest Level in 23 Years Measles deaths are the highest they have been in more than two decades, a new World Health Organization/U.S. Centers for Disease... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 13, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Global Measles Deaths Grow by Half
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 13, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

UN: 870K measles cases in 2019, highest number in 23 years
The number of children sickened by measles in 2019 was the highest in 23 years, according to new data from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Measles Deaths Soared Worldwide Last Year, as Vaccine Rates Stalled
The new data, from the W.H.O. and C.D.C., alarmed public health experts, who fear the effect of the coronavirus pandemic this year could bring more bad numbers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Measles Disease Rates Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Vaccination and Immunization Medicine and Health Deaths (Fatalities) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Health Organization your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Measles cases hit 23-year high last year, killing 200,000 as vaccination stalls, WHO says
Measles killed an estimated 207,500 people last year after a decade-long failure to reach optimal vaccination coverage, resulting in the highest number of cases for 23 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a joint report on Thursday.   (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Measles Deaths Grow by Half Global Measles Deaths Grow by Half
Global measles deaths increased 50% from 2016 to 2019, and more than 200,000 people died last year alone from the preventable disease.WebMD Health News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - November 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Measles Deaths Grow by Half
The World Health Organization on Thursday released new statistics that show 869,770 cases of measles, one of the most contagious diseases known to science, around the world in 2019, the highest number since 1996. Increases were reported in all regions. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination - Worldwide, 2000-2019
This report describes an update on current progress toward global measles elimination. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 12, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Global Health Measles MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Nigeria: WHO, UNICEF Estimate $655mn to Tackle Global Measles, Polio
[Daily Trust] The cost of tackling measles and polio could get as high as $655 million worldwide, as COVID-19 pandemic continues to obstruct access to immunisation, says the World Health Organisations (WHO) and United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF). (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: UNICEF, WHO Call On Govt for Additional Financial Resources to Fight Measles, Polio
[This Day] Abuja -- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted immunisations against deadly diseases, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on the federal government to increase funding for immunization in order to avert major measles and polio epidemics. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: UNICEF, WHO Call for Action Against Major Measles, Polio Epidemics
[Vanguard] To avert major measles and polio epidemics the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, WHO on Wednesday urged countries including Nigeria to take urgent action that would protect millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases due to disruptions in immunisation occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - November 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Covid-carrying Danish mink are a warning sign – but is anyone heeding it? | Matthew Baylis
Sars, Mers, now this: we must think hard about how we farm animals that are known hosts of human coronavirusesTwo decades ago, aseminal study from the University of Edinburgh compiled a list of all known human infectious diseases. It found a total of 1,415 different human pathogens, and claimed that 61% were capable of spreading between humans and animals. Today, with the world put on hold by adeadly disease that seems likely to have spread first from bats to humans, we know the dangerous effects of such pathogens all too well.The group of diseases that spread from animals to humans are collectively known as zoonoses. The ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Matthew Baylis Tags: Coronavirus Farming Environment Science Sars Infectious diseases Denmark Europe Source Type: news

Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Early Results Encouraging – So What ’ s Next?
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Featured Health Healthcare Status Healthwatch Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Coronavirus Vaccine Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Mali: Vaccinating Against Measles in Timbuktu
[MSF] "It's between 11am and midday at the moment. Anyone who knows shadows knows that," says Djeynabou Abdoulaye, smiling. She has come to the village school in Tassakane to get her child vaccinated against measles. "We're lucky it's not raining today." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Sudan: Two Children Die, 30 Ill After Measles Outbreak
[East African] Juba -- Two children have died of measles and 30 others are in critical condition in a M édecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) health facility in Pibor Administrative Area, South Sudan, the medical charity has said. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics
Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - November 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Little Recognition and Less Pay: These Female Healthcare Workers Are Rural India ’s First Defense Against COVID-19
Archana Ghugare’s ringtone, a Hindu devotional song, has been the background score of her life since March. By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected COVID-19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As she gets ready and rushes out the door an hour later, she receives at least four more. “My family jokes that not even Prime Minister Modi gets as many calls as I do,” she says. Ghugare, and nearly a million other Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) assigned to rural villages and small towns across India, are on the front ...
Source: TIME: Health - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abhishyant Kidangoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature India overnight video Source Type: news

1 Million Women Healthcare Workers Have Been Drafted to Fight COVID-19 in India — for as Little as $40 a Month
Archana Ghugare’s ringtone, a Hindu devotional song, has been the background score of her life since March. By 7 a.m. on a mid-October day, the 41-year-old has already received two calls about suspected COVID-19 cases in Pavnar, her village in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As she gets ready and rushes out the door an hour later, she receives at least four more. “My family jokes that not even Prime Minister Modi gets as many calls as I do,” she says. Ghugare and nearly 1 million other Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) assigned to rural villages and small towns across India are on the front li...
Source: TIME: Health - October 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abhishyant Kidangoor Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature India overnight video Source Type: news