The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll are increasing day by day. Too many cases have put a huge pressure on the health care system, leading to many patients dying without treatment. The hunt for medicine is still on. In the meantime, some people are choosing weird ways to deal with COVID-19 disease. Yes! we are talking about people buying Oxygen Cylinders and storing them at home or nearby places. Read this article to know: who requires Oxygen therapy; why storing Oxygen cylinder at home could be dangerous, and many other related facts.
Oxygen is a kind of gas, which is necessary for the survival of human beings. Even a healthy human can die within three minutes without oxygen. People with breathing disorders may require extra oxygen, if they cannot receive enough oxygen from the air in a natural way.
Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides patients with extra oxygen to breathe in. It is also termed as supplemental oxygen. This kind of therapy is only available through the prescription of authorised doctors or health care providers.
Oxygen therapy or supplemental oxygen treatment is usually prescribed for patients whose lungs are failing to absorb enough oxygen from the air in a natural way. This complicacy usually happens due to some critical diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease, pneumonia, broncho-pulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, asthma, heart failure, sleep apnea, trauma in respiratory system, etc.
Not every COVID-19 patient experiences breathing problem. In some cases, COVID-19 disease caused by novel Coronavirus (Sars-COV-2) tends to infect and damage lungs, making the organ less effective in passing oxygen from the air to bloodstream.
COVID-19 patients who are experiencing severe breathing problems are admitted to hospital for receiving supplemental oxygen. The oxygen therapy is provided through nose via plastic tubing, or using a loose-fitting face mask.
If the patient needs more oxygen to improve oxygen level in blood, then ‘Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)’ treatment is prescribed to facilitate the circulation of gases in and out of the lungs. In this treatment, Oxygen is given via a tightly-fitting mask connected to a machine via plastic tubing. Doctors control how much oxygen at what pressure to deliver. Usually, this treatment requires large amount of oxygen, which is usually available at the hospitals.
A small proportion of the most severely ill COVID-19 patients are provided invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV) treatment. In this case, a breathing tube is inserted into the windpipe (intubation) of the patient. Doctors control the amount and pressure of delivered oxygen by the ventilator which does the breathing function for the patient. IMV treatment is provided for 10 days on average. And only 33 percent patients treated with IMV has survived so far.
There is no evidence of getting benefited by Oxygen Therapy if a COVID-19 patient is not suffering from abnormally low level of oxygen in the blood (Hypoxemia). In some cases, weak patients suffering from COVID-19 can get benefit from medically prescribed ventilator support.
According to health experts, only 82 percent of patients suffering from COVID-19 disease do not require any Oxygen Therapy treatment at all. These patients may recover through proper care while staying in isolation. Only 15 percent of the remaining 18 percent COVID-19 patients may suffer from severe breathing problem and require high quantities of oxygen flow to stay alive.
Both the high and low amount of oxygen saturation in blood can be dangerous. Only doctors can decide whether a patient with COVID-19 requires Oxygen Therapy. Even if you manage an Oxygen Cylinder at home for treating a COVID-19 patient, you cannot use it unless you are a doctor. The pressure and amount of Oxygen Supply must be controlled by a doctor or an authorised health care provider. So, there is no point in storing Oxygen cylinders at home in advance without medical prescription.
Though oxygen gas does not burn, it works like an oxidizer, which supports the process of combustion. For instance, you have stored an oxygen cylinder at or a nearby place of your home. Now, if somehow a fire starts within three metres of that oxygen cylinder, it can create a blast and feed the flames. It can even blow up your home like a bomb.
Activities like smoking, applying electrical equipment or keeping flammable objects like petrol, aerosol, cleaning fuel, alcoholic solutions, oil, grease, etc at the vicinity of Oxygen cylinder can be dangerous. Even an open flame or a heating source like candle, or gas stove brought within three metre of the oxygen cylinder can initiate the spark.
The oxygen-sustained fire can burn until the last drop of remaining oxygen in the cylinder. Therefore, it is never a good idea to store oxygen cylinder at home.
In recent days, some people are storing oxygen cylinders at home in advance even before getting infected by COVID-19 while some unscrupulous businessmen are storing Oxygen cylinders to sell them higher prices later.
As a result, crisis of oxygen cylinders has been created at hospitals. It can be dangerous for the severely ill COVID-19 patients who are in dire need of prescribed Oxygen Therapy.
Unwanted storage of Oxygen Cylinders has led to an almost three-fold price hike. For instance, nowadays, a 1400-liter oxygen cylinder costs about Tk 35,000, which was available at Tk 11,000 only a few months back. This situation may continue if unauthorised purchase and storage of oxygen cylinder are not monitored and controlled.
To determine whether a COVID-19 patient requires oxygen therapy, doctors test the amount of oxygen in his/her arterial blood. You can also measure oxygen saturation at home by clipping a finger using a pulse oximeter.
This portable device can indirectly measure the level of oxygen in a human body without taking a blood sample. According to the measurements of a ‘Pulse Oximeter’, normal levels of blood oxygen stay between 95 to 100 percent. If the oxygen saturation drops below 90 percent, the patient may suffer from Hypoxemia.
The common symptoms of Hypoxemia include rapid breathing, fast heart rate, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, sweating, changes skin-colour, confusion, etc. If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical assistance immediately.
Therefore, you can easily check the oxygen level of your body and stay healthy without being crazy for storing oxygen cylinders at home.
You can donate the oxygen cylinder to nearby hospital and contribute in the fight of humanity against the life-threatening COVID-19 pandemic.
Though rainy season has arrived the high temperatures of the preceding summer is still on the go. Sometimes the weather remains cool and sometimes the scorching heat makes our lives unbearable. Due to these frequent changes in temperatures, our digestive system becomes slower and weaker leading to numerous gastrointestinal disorders such as gastroenteritis, heartburn, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, etc. To improve your gastronomical health, you can add some healthy drinks to your diet. Read this article to know about some easy homemade drinks to boost up your digestion power in a natural way.
Yogurt is a rich source of healthy nutrients including magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin B-2 and vitamin B-12. Drinking a glass of yogurt after having meal can give you instant relief. Yogurt would feel quite light on your stomach as it serves as a probiotic food.
Around 400 different species of bacteria live in the human intestines. Some bacteria are bad, while some bacteria are beneficial to run your digestive system properly. Probiotic foods contain beneficial live bacteria and yeast.
If you are suffering from acidity, bloating, indigestion, or irritable bowel syndrome quite frequently, it triggers to leaky gut. In order to improve the functionality of your gut health as well as gastronomical system, you can add yogurt drink in regular diet. You can also consume Yogurt in smoothies, curry, salad and many more forms.
If you are looking for a home treatment for common digestive problems, like stomach upset, nausea, heartburn, or bloating, try ginger tea. Even many pregnant women love to drink ginger tea regularly as a home remedy to get rid of nausea and morning sickness.
Chronic indigestion (dyspepsia) is mainly caused by the delayed emptying of the stomach. Interestingly, the properties of ginger can speed up the emptying process of your stomach. But how does it work?
The properties of Ginger can stimulate the muscles of your intestines, which is termed as gastrointestinal motility. This process can help your body in breaking down the food particles in your stomach and quick removal of food-residue substances out of your digestive tract. Thus, consuming Ginger you can get faster, functional and comfortable digestion with less chance of experiencing bloating and gas.
Though Lime is a very acidic food, it can promote an alkaline pH in your body. The citric acid in lime juice aids in breaking down the food in your stomach quite efficiently. Moreover, lime juice makes it easier for your body to take out maximum nutrients from the ingested food substances. Slowing down the absorption rate, Lime can prevent surge in blood sugar after having a meal.
What is more? Lime juice can help your body to release the floating toxins in your gastrointestinal tract. The stomach-calming benefits of lime can provide instant relief to stomach-ache caused by indigestion. It also minimizes the risk of excess gas formation in your stomach which often causes burping and bloating. Drinking Lime water on empty stomach can keep your digestive system functional all day long in a natural way.
You can enjoy a cup of peppermint tea after ending your meal. It will fulfill your cravings for sugary desserts without adding any extra sugar to your diet. Mint is naturally free from sugar, calorie, and caffeine. Besides, offering delicious taste Mint can aid your digestive system.
Mint is enriched with natural oil called menthol which can improve your digestive system by virtue of its antiseptic, antibacterial and adaptogenic properties. The adaptogenic properties can help your body in balancing in whatever way is needed.
According to a study, Mint can treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing spasms in your gut. In addition to these, Mint can calm your central and peripheral nervous system. When your body becomes relaxed, your gastrointestinal system can digest the food more effectively. Furthermore, having post-dinner mint tea can freshen up your breath.
Fennel seeds are a great source of fiber. 1 Tbsp (6 grams) of dried fennel seeds contains about 2 grams of fiber, whereas an apple carries about 3 to 4 grams of fiber. Fennel tea can be an effective home remedy to treat stomach flu. Its fiber property can aid in treating watery diarrhea.
Anethole is the major property of fennel seeds, which can contribute to improve your digestion system. According to a study, the fennel seeds contain antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help your digestive tract get rid of harmful bacteria causing upset stomach.
Moreover, the Fennel seeds can contribute in soothing the inflammation in your intestines by relaxing muscles of your stomach. Fennel also relieves the gassiness of your stomach and prevents constipation or acid reflux.
A cheap and widely available drug, Dexamethasone, has been able to play a significant role in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, claimed a recent research from the United Kingdom.
According to researchers, the drug can reduce deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalised patients. They came up with the disclosure on Tuesday, saying elaborate findings will be released soon, reports AP.
They applied the drug on 2,104 Covid-19 patients after a random selection process and later compared them with other 4,321 patients who were receiving usual care. It was given either orally or using IV method.
After 28 days, it was found that the medicine had reduced deaths by 35 percent in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20 percent in those only needing supplemental oxygen.
The drug apparently had no impact on those who are comparatively in better physical condition.
Peter Horby, a scholar of University of Oxford and leader of the researchers’ team, called it “an extremely welcome result".
In a statement, he said the survival benefit is clear and large in those patients who are sick enough to require oxygen treatment, so dexamethasone should now become standard of care in these patients. “Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide," he said.
Nick Cammack of Wellcome, a British charity that supports science research, said even though the drug only helps in severe cases, countless lives will be saved globally. He called for Dexamethasone to be rolled out and accessed by thousands of critically ill patients around the world.
Cammack, who had played no apparent role in the study, further said that "it is highly affordable, easy to make, can be scaled up quickly and only needs a small dosage".
Steroid drugs reduce inflammation, which sometimes develops in Covid-19 patients as the immune system overreacts to fight the infection. This overreaction can prove fatal, so doctors have been testing steroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs in such patients.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises against using steroids earlier in the course of illness because they can slow the time until patients clear the virus.
Researchers estimated that the drug would prevent one death for every eight patients treated while on breathing machines and one for every 25 patients on extra oxygen alone.
This is the same study that earlier this month showed the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine was not working against the coronavirus. The study enrolled more than 11,000 patients in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who were given either standard of care or that plus one of several treatments: dexamethasone; the HIV combo drug lopinavir-ritonavir, the antibiotic azithromycin; the anti-inflammatory drug tocilizumab; or plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19 that contains antibodies to fight the virus.
Research is continuing on the other treatments. The research is funded by government health agencies in the UK and private donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Amid coronavirus pandemic situation health-experts are advising people to consume vitamin C. In our country lemon is one of the most available sources of vitamin-C. Do you throw away lemon peels after extracting the juice? You may not do this practice knowing what lemon peel can do for your health and skin . Interestingly, lemon peel is full of nutrients which can strengthen your immune system and prevent many diseases. What’s more, lemon peels offer versatile uses for skin-care, and diverse house hold applications. Read this article to know the benefits and uses of lemon.
Like the lemon juice, the peels of Lemon are rich in vitamins such as calcium, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and beta-carotene. In fact, lemon peels can deliver about 5 to 10 times more nutrients than lemon juice. About 100 grams of lemon peels are enriched with 134 mg of Calcium, 160 mg of Potassium, 129 mg of vitamin C, and 10.6 grams of fiber.
The vitamin C and calcium can strengthen and improve the health of your bones. These nutrients can also prevent diseases like inflammatory poly arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
The antibacterial properties of Vitamin C can eliminate the interior worms and parasites living inside your intestines. These properties can protect different organs of your body from diverse fungal and/or bacterial infections.
Likewise the lemon juice, lemon peels are rich source of citrus bioflavonoid which can contribute significantly in reducing your oxidative stress levels. What is more? Making the inside environment of your body alkaline, lemon peels can prevent cancer. You may know that Cancer cells tend to grow in the acidic environments. In addition to these, the lemon peels carry properties like limonene and salvestrol Q40 that fights against the growth of cancerous cells inside your body.
You can freeze the lemon peels and grate them finely to prepare lemon peel powder. Another easy way is baking the lemon peels at 200 degree Fahrenheit using an oven and crushing the baked peels into powder. Lemon peel powder can be consumed in diverse forms. You can add the sprinkles of lemon peel powder to your meals, drinks, organic tea, and soups.
Lemon peel is a great source of oxalates. Consuming more than 80 mg of oxalates can create stones in kidney and gallbladder. 1 teaspoon of lemon peels may contain about 25 mg of oxalates. Therefore, the maximum limit of lemon peel intake should be not over 3 teaspoons per day.
Grind a handful of lemon peels into paste. Then mix the paste with 1/2 cup of sugar. Then, add a few drops of Olive oil considering your skin type. Dry skins would need more oil than oily skin type. After creating the mixture, apply it gently on wet skin through circular motions. Now rinse of your face with clean normal water. This scrub will exfoliate the dead skin-cells making the skin look brighter. This lemon peel scrub is also helpful to soften dry elbows. You can apply lemon peel scrub once a week.
Mix about 2 table spoons of the rice flour with a pinch of lemon peel powder. Now add cold milk to this mix until it turns into thick paste. Now spread this paste evenly on the wet skin of your face to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Leave the mask for 15 minutes. Then wash your face properly with clean normal water. This lemon peel face pack would rejuvenate your skin-cells.
Grate about 1 cup of lemon peels into a powder. Then add petroleum jelly to the powder to make a paste like mixture. Now apply this paste on the cracked areas of your feet. After that put on your socks and leave the paste for several hours. After washing, the skin your feet will feel softer and look healthier.
Boil about 3 cups of lemon peels into 6 to 7 cups of water for about half an hour. Strain the boiled water into a bowl. Add milk, or olive oil to this liquid. Now apply this combination as a foot bath for at least 30 minutes. Then, rinse your feet with normal water and use moisturizer. Regular lemon peel foot bath will remove the infections effectively.
Are you suffering from nail discoloration issue? Grind a handful of lemon peels into a paste. Apply this fusion to your discolored nails and leave it on for several minutes. Then, rinse the nails with normal water. This treatment would help your nails getting back their natural color.
You can use Lemon peel as a cleaner to disinfect your furniture, floors and other sections of your house. First boil lemon peels and drain the water. Now, mix vinegar or baking soda with the water to prepare a non-toxic DIY cleaner.
The chemical properties contained by lemon peels have the potency to get rid of stubborn stains of mineral, tea/coffee, and spice from kettle rings, coffee/tea mugs, and utensils. The stimulating citrus scent would be a bonus of using this lemon peel based all-purpose cleaner.
Lemon peels can absorb bad odors often created inside fridge, closed drawer, trash can, etc. The magic of lemon peels can also help you in cleaning your microwaves, cutting board, and other utensils. Just put a few lemon peels into bowl full of water. Then, keep the bowl inside your microwave for several minutes. It will deodorize the inner odor of microwave leaving a refreshing smell. To disinfect cutting board, rub it with the mixture of grated lemon peel and salt. You will get a fresh smell after washing.
Using lemon peels you can prepare a homemade all-natural room freshener. Mix lemon peel with dried flowers, and essential oils. Now put this citrus-scented concoction in a clean spray bottle. Thus you can keep your home scented all time without spending money.
Lemon peels can be a cost-effective alternative to kill insects in your home. It is found that bugs, especially, ants, cockroaches, etc hate the smell of lemon. So, you can keep lemon peels inside the nook and corner of your home like bookshelves, cupboard, kitchen shelves, store room, etc. You can also apply lemon peel to save your skin from insects like mosquitoes. Unlike lemon juice the peel extracts won’t hurt your skin and keep the pest away.