As India has passed two years since the outbreak of COVID-19, vaccines and compliance with COVID-appropriate behavior remain the most effective weapons against the deadly virus.
Although a number of medications and other methods have been tried, no definitive treatment has emerged.
The country saw its first case of COVID-19 on Jan. 30, 2020, when a third-year medical student at Wuhan University tested positive. She had returned home after the semester break.
Since then, India has experienced three waves of COVID-19, although the line of treatment has remained the same throughout.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday that regardless of the COVID-19 variants, “Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Adherence to COVID Appropriate Behavior” remains the tested strategy for COVID-19 management.
Several medical treatments have also been tried to combat COVID-19, but no widely accepted treatment has been seen so far.
Recently, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr. VK Paul at a press conference expressing his concerns about the “overuse and abuse” of medicines.
“Steroid use may increase the likelihood of mucormycosis (black fungus). Steroids are very potent life-saving drugs, but they also have side effects and interfere with immune protection. They disrupt many biochemical pathways. So it was a very big lesson…we learned then, but now we know,” he had said. “Paracetamol is given for fever and AYUSH syrup can be used for cough. We have also stipulated this in the home care module. If the cough lasts more than three days, there is an inhaler called budesonide. These are the only three things that need to be done. Otherwise, gargle and rest. Don’t overdo it, it comes at a price,” he warned.
The country tried treatments like plasma therapy, remdesivir, DRDO’s anti-Covid drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) and most recently molnupiravir, but there has been no definitive drug to cure COVID-19 patients.
As attempts to combat COVID-19 and its latest variant, Omicron, continue, vaccines remain the most viable option to contain the disease.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the importance of immunization and the need to further accelerate the Har Ghar Dastak program to achieve 100 percent immunization coverage.
AYUSH interventions and yoga found a special place in the treatment line.
dr Shuchin Bajaj, founding director of Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals, said AYUSH plays an important role in fighting the common cold and not just COVID-19.
“Yoga has many good asanas to increase your lung capacity and increase your strength. And meditation also plays a big part in calming your mind because we’ve seen that anxiety, anxiety and depression are some of the most important things to come with COVID. 19,” Bajaj said.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) had funded a clinical study at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh to determine if chanting the Gayatri mantra and performing the yoga practice of pranayama improved the quality of recovery can support and cure COVID-19.
dr Rajeev Rajesh, Chief Yoga Officer, Jindal Naturecure Institute, said that while the human body has a natural ability to maintain, self-regulate, repair and maintain its unity, it needs “something special” to cope with constant challenges to become.
“This is where the ancient practice of yoga comes into play. To stay healthy and fit, both physically and mentally, you need to maintain your vital energy, nourish your body, strengthen your immune system, and support your mental health. That gets you yoga,” he told PTI.
“From stretching muscles to flexing joints to improving blood flow, asanas shower us with myriad benefits, which in turn boost the body’s immunity,” he added.
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