HOME, BUT NOT ALONEMedical staff visiting COVID-19 patients at their residences say usage of common facilities increases the risk for family, neighbours; PMC not checking infrastructure properly before or after sending cases home As COVID-19 case numbers rise and the number of hospital beds for their care dwindle, alarming lacunae are being seen in the ideal home isolation prescribed to emerging patients. The Union health ministry has issued clear guidelines amid the pandemic that COVID-19 patients in home quarantine should have a separate room and toilet for use, to avoid any chances of surface contamination leading to infection. But, on-field doctors visiting such individuals in the city have observed that many are continuing to use common toilets with un-infected members of their family or others in the neighbourhood. This, warned doctors, increases the chances of otherwise fit persons contracting the coronavirus. Moreover, civic teams deputed to carry out checks in this regard … [Read more...] about Rare use of separate rooms, loos by home quarantined: Doctors
On the flip side, Krushnabai Shinde credited the practice of using the toilet at home, for keeping the virus from spreading from them to others, after seven members in her family tested positive. “During the pandemic, we were told to rely only on the lavatory at home, instead of the community toilet. So now we cannot be held responsible for spreading the virus as we steered clear of the community facility,” she pointed out. It was an extensive and sustained campaign that helped change the habit of the people in the slum, claimed Priya Gadade, the local Nationalist Congress Party corporator, who steered the process. “Community toilets have been major contributor to the spread of the virus in the slums. Despite having lavatories at home, they continued using the community toilets. It required a lot of counselling to get these people to change their habit and start using their home units during their quarantine. We set up 20 mobile toilets for those who did not possess … [Read more...] about It took a pandemic for them to learn the virtue of private loos
In the first of a series on India’s best creatives, we speak to Sumanto Chattopadhyay, executive creative director – South Asia, O&M Mumbai about his creative journey, being yelled at by an irate ad filmmaker and the highs and lows of being “The English guy” in O&M.I never wanted to workI’m surprised a that lot of the people who come to me for a job knew they wanted to be in advertising from the time they were in school. All the boys I grew up with wanted to be pilots. I never wanted to work (Laughs). I feared the concept of one day having to go to an office. I come from a family of academics. My father was a professor at IIM Kolkata and he’d take these sabbaticals to go off and teach and so I’ve lived in the UK and Africa. The great thing about being an academic is long holidays but the bad thing was being really poorly paid. At IIM, the pay was better but not great. When we went abroad, our lifestyle would go up a few notches. I … [Read more...] about O&M’S best kept secret: Sumanto Chattopadhyay
"Growing up in the spotlight has come with its ups and downs and my life has been far from normal, but I am finally at a place where I feel empowered to be who I really am," she said. … [Read more...] about Is she the next BIG thing in fashion?
Sunny's magnificent wooden house and open-air bath and dining area might not seem practical around destructive brats like Amrita Singh but when it comes to charm, it wins hands down. … [Read more...] about Step inside Bollywood’s BEAUTIFUL HOMES