In the winter of 2007, my friend introduced me to the hand sanitizer for the first time. Although unimpressed, I had little choice but to use it. Vials of the oddly-scented liquids gave us some succour from the unreliable taps and shoddy water supply of the Mumbai University campus where we were both pursuing our Masters in Literature.
Eventually, she moved on from vials to a large bottle of a medicated brand, which she carried in her bag — all 750 ml of it. “Industrial strength,” we’d crack up. She’d, of course, in her own endearing way, scoff at her unrefined friends.
A vitamin D deficiency epidemic was in the works since we spent a good part of the year indoors. Not surprisingly, a study has also linked it to COVID-19. Fret not! Here are some ways in which you back bring your levels back up.
A recent 6-year study by EcoHealth Alliance has found that the Nipah virus is not bound to its ‘belt’ and can happen at any time of the year. So it’s important to pay closer attention to areas where Nipah outbreaks may have not been previously reported.
Increased screen time and reduced outdoor activities in the lockdown have been bearing down on our eyes. Doctors are worried that these habits could lead to another epidemic — that of myopia or nearsightedness.