face shield: Varsity professor designs ‘Face Shield’ to counter coronavirus spread – Latest News

face shield: Varsity professor designs 'Face Shield' to counter coronavirus spread - Latest News

face shield: Varsity professor designs ‘Face Shield’ to counter coronavirus spread – Latest News

An assistant professor at the SRM University, Amaravati, has designed a Face Shield, using 3D printing technology, that will cover all the vital parts of the face and offers complete protection from coronavirus. “While manufacturing the Face Shield, 3D printing technology is used for designing a headband, upon which a 100 micron thick transparent plastic sheet is attached to ensure superior protection against the virus. It prevents air, dust, and liquids that are contaminated to come in contact with people. Also, there are no probable side effects on using the mask,” Panchagnula Jayaprakash, the designer, said.

Unlike the other face masks in regular use by all, including doctors, policemen and journalists, the Face Shield has no limitations and ensures full protection of the eyes, mouth and nose, which eliminates the risk of infection.

A release from SRM University on Friday said the Face Shield could be an effective alternative to the N95 mask that was found to cause facial irritation.

SRM University pro-chancellor Narayana Rao wrote to AP Deputy Chief Minister (Health) A K K Srinivas and Education Minister A Suresh explaining the features of the Face Shield, which could be a low-cost alternative.

“The Face Shield could be marketed for public use if the government approves it,” the release added.

Bill Gates: Bill Gates on when the coronavirus vaccine might be ready

Bill Gates: Bill Gates on when the coronavirus vaccine might be ready

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has penned his thoughts on when the world will be able to get its hands on the vaccination for Covid-19, something that almost everyone is praying for to happen soon.

In his blog — that he has shared on this website ‘GatesNotes’ — Bill Gates has said that he agrees with NIAID director Anthony Fauci, who said that it may take around 18 months for the vaccine to be developed. However, on a more optimistic note, he said that “it could be as little as 9 months…” but at the same time he says that it could also take “as long as two years.”

While explaining the process of how traditionally vaccines are developed, Gates said, “Although eighteen months might sound like a long time, this would be the fastest scientists have created a new vaccine. Development usually takes around five years. Once you pick a disease to target, you have to create the vaccine and test it on animals. Then you begin testing for safety and efficacy in humans.”

However, for Covid-19, the approach is far more rapid. Firstly, there is no issue in terms of financing development as governments and organisations have extended their support to do whatever it takes to find the vaccine, Gates points out.

Also, scientists are already testing different approaches at the same time for Covid-19. “As of April 9, there are 115 different COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the development pipeline. I think that eight to ten of those look particularly promising,” said Gates.

He also said that he expects that initially the vaccination that gets developed may not be perfect but it will get the job done — just as it was in the case of smallpox. “If we were designing the perfect vaccine, we’d want it to be completely safe and 100 per cent effective. It should be a single dose that gives you lifelong protection, and it should be easy to store and transport. I hope the COVID-19 vaccine has all of those qualities, but given the timeline we’re on, it may not,” said Gates.

On his blog, he also mentioned that the issue doesn’t stop at just the manufacturing of the vaccine, but also ensuring that it is available to almost every person on the planet in order to stop the pandemic. “The reality is that not everyone will be able to get the vaccine at the same time. It’ll take months—or even years—to create 7 billion doses (or possibly 14 billion, if it’s a multi-dose vaccine), and we should start distributing them as soon as the first batch is ready to go,” said Gates.

Despite listing all the forthcoming challenges, Gates said that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “We’re doing the right things to get a vaccine as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I urge you to continue following the guidelines set by your local authorities. Our ability to get through this outbreak will depend on everyone doing their part to keep each other safe.”

coronavirus: Bill Gates on when the coronavirus vaccine might be ready - Latest News

coronavirus: Bill Gates on when the coronavirus vaccine might be ready – Latest News

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has penned his thoughts on when the world will be able to get its hands on the vaccination for Covid-19, something that almost everyone is praying for to happen soon.

In his blog — that he has shared on this website ‘GatesNotes’ — Bill Gates has said that he agrees with NIAID director Anthony Fauci, who said that it may take around 18 months for the vaccine to be developed. However, on a more optimistic note, he said that “it could be as little as 9 months…” but at the same time he says that it could also take “as long as two years.”

While explaining the process of how traditionally vaccines are developed, Gates said, “Although eighteen months might sound like a long time, this would be the fastest scientists have created a new vaccine. Development usually takes around five years. Once you pick a disease to target, you have to create the vaccine and test it on animals. Then you begin testing for safety and efficacy in humans.”

However, for Covid-19, the approach is far more rapid. Firstly, there is no issue in terms of financing development as governments and organisations have extended their support to do whatever it takes to find the vaccine, Gates points out.

Also, scientists are already testing different approaches at the same time for Covid-19. “As of April 9, there are 115 different COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the development pipeline. I think that eight to ten of those look particularly promising,” said Gates.

He also said that he expects that initially the vaccination that gets developed may not be perfect but it will get the job done — just as it was in the case of smallpox. “If we were designing the perfect vaccine, we’d want it to be completely safe and 100 per cent effective. It should be a single dose that gives you lifelong protection, and it should be easy to store and transport. I hope the COVID-19 vaccine has all of those qualities, but given the timeline we’re on, it may not,” said Gates.

On his blog, he also mentioned that the issue doesn’t stop at just the manufacturing of the vaccine, but also ensuring that it is available to almost every person on the planet in order to stop the pandemic. “The reality is that not everyone will be able to get the vaccine at the same time. It’ll take months—or even years—to create 7 billion doses (or possibly 14 billion, if it’s a multi-dose vaccine), and we should start distributing them as soon as the first batch is ready to go,” said Gates.

Despite listing all the forthcoming challenges, Gates said that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. “We’re doing the right things to get a vaccine as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I urge you to continue following the guidelines set by your local authorities. Our ability to get through this outbreak will depend on everyone doing their part to keep each other safe.”

TikTok launches donation stickers to help users raise funds to support charities and causes- Technology News, Firstpost

TikTok crosses 2 billion downloads, India biggest driver with 611 million- Technology News, Firstpost

TikTok has been downloaded over two billion times through the Google’s Play Store and the Apple’s App Store. The increase in the number of downloads comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said app intelligence company Sensor Tower.

The popular video sharing app from ByteDance has added 500 million new users in the span of just five months, after surpassing 1.5 billion downloads.

The first quarter of 2020 has been the best so far for TikTok, during which it had amassed more than 315 million installs.

 TikTok crosses 2 billion downloads, India biggest driver with 611 million

TikTok.

According to the report, India has been the biggest drivers for TikTok installs. Of the two billion downloads – 611 million downloads were in India alone. This amounts to 30.3 percent of the total people using the app.

China is in the second position with 196.6 million or 9.7 percent of total downloads. This is followed by the United States, which has a total of 165 million or 8.2 percent of TikTok users.

China’s figures do not include installs from third-party Android store installs, and the numbers are for TikTok’s version in the country – Douyin, the report said.

Google Play has accounted for the major chunk of TikTok downloads to date, accounting for more than 1.5 billion or 75.5 percent of total installs.

The App Store, on the other hand, has seen 495.2 million or 24.5 percent of the total downloads, the report mentioned.

User spending on TikTok has also seen remarkable growth. As per Sensor Tower, lifetime user spending has risen to $456.7 million, more than 2.5 times the $175 million that it was five months ago.

China is leading in terms of using spending in TikTok, generating $331 million or 72.3 percent of the total revenue.

The US ranks second with 19 percent or $86.5 million. Both countries are followed by Great Britain with $9 million.

TikTok has recently launched donation stickers to help users raise funds via videos and TikTok Live streams for charities and causes that users care most about.

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App allows GPs and paramedics to screen COVID-19 patients - Med-Tech Innovation

App allows GPs and paramedics to screen COVID-19 patients – Med-Tech Innovation

A healthtech platform is reducing pressure on hospital services by enabling GPs and paramedics to screen COVID-19 patients in collaboration with specialists via an app.

Cinapsis – a digital triage platform founded by NHS surgeon Owain Rhys Hughes – allows patients to be assessed by specialists as part of their GP appointment or 999 call response, enabling clinicians to pool their expertise and work together to support patients remotely.

The platform connects primary care clinicians such as GPs and community lead nurses with consultants from the local NHS Trust who can provide advice about a patient’s management in real time, including using images. This enables assessments to be made in situ, reducing unnecessary person-to-person contacts and patient trips to hospital. 

Founder and CEO of Cinapsis, Dr Owain Hughes, said: “At this critical time, Cinapsis is making it easier for GPs and emergency healthcare workers to quickly identify the best course of action for any patient exhibiting symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, whether that’s sending them to hospital or ensuring that they receive the care they need within their community. Local specialists can respond to questions from their colleagues in seconds and ensure decisions are made quickly, seamlessly and in the patient’s best interests.”

With health professionals keen to stress that anyone with health worries should still seek help, the app means patients can continue to access consultant advice as part of their GP appointment.

In Gloucestershire Cinapsis is being used across the One Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) which includes Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and all of its 73 GP practices.

Around 32% of patients with suspected COVID-19 whose GPs or paramedics were able to offer alternatives to hospital care were instead managed at home, relieving pressure on the NHS at this critical time.

Dr Malcolm Gerald, lead GP on the Cinapsis project in Gloucestershire, said: “Not only are we helping to reassure and better manage our patients by giving them the benefit of specialist advice, we are also reducing demand on busy hospitals by making properly informed decisions. Our data shows that following discussion with a specialist around a third of COVID-19 patients whose referring clinician had significant concerns about them did not need to be admitted to hospital. This has reduced unnecessary patient, family and staff exposure to the virus, whilst keeping important bed space free for those most in need.” 

Cinapsis is a smart referral system which uses a mobile or desktop app to put primary care clinicians in direct contact with the right specialist via their mobile phone or a landline. It can also allow messages, images and video to be used – and all in a data-secure environment.

The referrer can make a single call, receive the best available advice, forward summary documents to the specialist and arrange transport if needed. Specialists can manage their rotas with ease, respond to calls quickly from wherever they are and then forward relevant information to the receiving department, sharing work across their team and prioritising cases. 

All advice is recorded and an electronic letter summarising the consultation is sent to the patient’s GP practice.