•It can sterilise wallets, purses and other small items that are passed on from hand to hand.
•The UV sanitiser has been made using stainless steel kitchen containers and aluminium mesh and is in the proof-of-concept stage right now
•It can kill germs and bacteria without you having to use chemicals that could be harmful to yourself and your family.
COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the pollution in Kaveri river
•Rivers were flowing with hazardous elements such as lead, fluoride, faecal coliform, and some suspended solids in highly dangerous quantities.
•The prohibition of industrial and religious activities due to 21 day lockdown has helped in reducing pollution levels in the rivers
•Kaveri is a sacred river of southern India. It rises in the Brahmagiri range of the Western Ghats and falls in the Bay of Bengal south of Cuddalore, in Tamil Nadu
▪️Its main tributaries are
Humidity impact on coronavirus(COVID-19)
•Recently, a study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States found that regions experiencing a monsoon might see a slowdown (not a stop) in transmission of the coronavirus as a result of moderate levels of humidity.
•This could help mitigation strategies in tropical countries such as India.
•The findings show that 90% of the novel coronavirus transmissions have occurred in regions with temperatures between 3 and 17 degrees Celsius
•There are comparatively fewer infections in warmer and humid countries such as Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and Qatar
•It is also possible that warmer temperatures retarded(slow) the spread of the virus
GPS Map for Corona High-risk Zones
•Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to use Global Positioning System (GPS) data to map high-risk zones in the city and the number of positive cases in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
•With a spike in the numbers of cases, lockdown and quarantine violations, the civic body has decided to map the high-risk zones to alert citizens to stay away from these areas and follow lockdown instructions
•Ward officers will ensure mandatory home-delivery of essentials like medicines and grocery items to restrict citizens movement in these zones
▪️Global Positioning System(GPS):
• It is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), used to determine the ground position of an object.
•It is a US-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services
Rapid test for Coronavirus
•It is conducted to determine whether there has been any kind of recent viral infection in a person’s body
•When a pathogen enters a human body, specific antibodies are released as a response to the virus.
•A rapid test can detect the presence of such antibodies in blood, serum or plasma samples quickly, indicating a viral infection
•According to the health department, it is a simple test that can be done with a person’s blood sample and will give out results within 10-30 minutes.
[ It is also a low-cost test.]
▪️【Kerala government has announced ‘rapid tests’ that will ensure speedy results within half an hour.】
NIDHI (National Initiative for Developing and Harnessing Innovations) program
•It was launched by Department of Science & Technology
•The purpose of the program is to provide technological solutions not only to the pressing needs of the society but also targets to create new avenues for wealth and job creation.
•The programme will focus on helping startups to meet their funding, infrastructure and other mentorship needs.
•It aims to accelerate the journey of idea to prototype by providing initial funding assistance to startups.
▪️Scitech Airon a new technology has been developed under the NIDHI PRAYAS program to fight against COVID-19.
•The Scitech Airon ionizer machine generates negatively charged ions at approximately hundred million per 8 seconds (10 ions per sec).
•It increases the body’s resistance to infections and harmful environmental factors