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FAQs about Second Wave of COVID-19 – Answered by Doctors | June 2021

1. Are CT scans helpful for diagnosing COVID-19?

RT-PCR is the recommended test for COVID-19 as a first line of diagnostic tool. A CT Scan cannot accurately distinguish between COVID-19 and other respiratory infections; although a CT Scan recommended by a doctor would help understand severity of lung disease after COVID-19 diagnosis by RT-PCR.

2. Which vaccine is used in China for COVID-19?

Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are widely used Covid-19 vaccines in China, apart from which CanSinoBIO is the new vaccine introduced by China. 

3. What will be if a person took COVID vaccination 2 doses in two days without interval?

Minimum interval between the vaccine doses is recommended to provide an adequate immune response against the disease. If vaccines are given against recommended interval, it can result in less than optimal immune response; however it is unlikely to have a negative effect on the immune system. 

4. What will happen if anyone is overdosed with Corona vaccine?

Please report immediately to your doctor if you have received an overdose of the vaccine due to any reason. Overdose potentially leads to worsening/severity of normal vaccine symptoms and requires immediate medical attention.

5. What is the quantity of liquid of COVID vaccine per person in India?

The vaccination course consists of two separate doses of 0.5 ml each (Covishield & Covaxin)

6. Does the COVID vaccine affect your period?

COVID-19 may affect your period if you’ve been infected depending on the severity of infection. As per recent studies, there can be menstrual volume changes or cycle prolongation due to increased stress, lifestyle and hormonal changes. Many women notice their periods go back to normal as they start to recover and their symptoms improve.

7. Is it OK to take alcohol after COVID vaccination?

Alcohol can suppress the immune system and in turn reduce the protection from COVID-19 vaccine. It is highly recommended to avoid drinking alcohol in the days before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure adequate immune response.

8. After how many days you can take vaccine after COVID positive?

You can wait until you are fully recovered from your infection and are no longer in isolation before you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although, please check with your doctor if you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma to treat your Covid-19, if so wait at least 90 days before getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

9. How is the COVID vaccine administered?

COVID-19 vaccines that are available right now are both given as a shot into the deltoid muscle (called intramuscular).

10. After how many days COVID vaccine should be taken after COVID?

You can wait until you are fully recovered from your infection and are no longer in isolation before you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although, please check with your doctor if you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma to treat your Covid-19, if so wait atleast for 90 days before getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

11. Covishield Vaccine Mechanism of Action?

Covishield is a viral vector vaccine made from a cold-causing adenovirus which contains the gene that encodes for the spike protein on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. When injected, the gene is transcribed, the vaccine instructs human cells to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The presence of this protein triggers the body’s immune system to produce antibodies to fight against the spike protein, which then prepares the body to fight against SARS-CoV-2 if exposed.

12. Which Vaccine is better Covishield or Covaxin or Sputnik?

Covishield is based on the viral vector platform, requiring first and second doses administered with an interval of 8 weeks.
Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine, contains the dead virus, which prompts an immune response but doesn’t infect. Two doses given 28 days apart. The vaccine is similar to the Chinese vaccine developed by Sinovac (CoronaVac)

13. What are the after-effects of Covishield Vaccine?

Mild to Moderate symptoms include headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills and nausea. Individuals also commonly reported pain and irritation at the site of the vaccine injection. Please reach out to your nearest hospital if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain or neurological symptoms, including headaches and blurred vision.

14. What is the difference between Covaxin and Covishield Vaccine?

Covishield is based on the viral vector platform, requiring first and second doses administered with an interval of 8 weeks. Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine, contains the dead virus, which prompts an immune response but doesn’t infect. Two doses given 28 days apart. The vaccine is similar to the Chinese vaccine developed by Sinovac (CoronaVac).

15. Is it safe for lactating mothers to take the Covishield Vaccine?

It is safe for lactating women to take the Covishield Vaccine. Non-Live vaccines are largely safe to take as they are not known to be appreciably absorbed by the infant. No non-live vaccine has previously been reported to cause infant adverse effects via breastfeeding.

16. What are the symptoms after taking the Covishield vaccine?

Mild to Moderate symptoms include headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills and nausea. Individuals also commonly reported pain and irritation at the site of the vaccine injection. Please reach out to your nearest hospital if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain or neurological symptoms, including headaches and blurred vision.

17. After the first dose of Covishield Vaccine Side Effects?

Mild to Moderate symptoms include headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills and nausea. Individuals also commonly reported pain and irritation at the site of the vaccine injection. Please reach out to your nearest hospital if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain or neurological symptoms, including headaches and blurred vision.

18. A COVID-19 positive after getting cured when he can go for the Covaxin Covishield Vaccine, How much time after he can get himself vaccinated?

You can wait until you are fully recovered from your infection and are no longer in isolation before you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although, please check with your doctor if you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma to treat your COVID-19, if so wait at least 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

19. A COVID-19 patients after discharge from hospital when he has to take vaccination?

You can wait until you are fully recovered from your infection and are no longer in isolation before you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although, please check with your doctor if you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma to treat your COVID-19, if so wait at least 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

20. After COVID Vaccination suffering from back pain is it common?

Vaccination is designed to give you immunity without the dangers of getting the disease. While it is normal to build immunity without side effects, it’s also common to experience some mild-to-moderate symptoms which include headache, fatigue, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills and nausea. Individuals also commonly reported pain and irritation at the site of the vaccine injection. Please reach out to your nearest hospital if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain or neurological symptoms, including headaches and blurred vision.

21. My question is I have been treated COVID-19 with blood plasma therapy I want to know, can I take vaccination if how many days after can take?

You can wait until you are fully recovered from your infection and are no longer in isolation before you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Although, please check with your doctor if you have received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma to treat your COVID-19, if so wait at least 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

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