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VC JU delivers '1st Web Talk'

JAMMU: More than 100 participants comprising of eminent personalities participated in the Web Talk delivered by Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, which was organized by the Media Cell, University of Jammu.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dhar dedicated today's Web Talk to frontline Corona Warriors, who are risking their lives to save ours such as doctors, nurses, policemen, government officials, media, sanitation workers and gave salutations to all these unsung Heroes of this pandemic.

Prof Dhar in his PowerPoint presentation shared valuable information about COVID-19 caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2). Starting with the basic concepts to the most recent information about Corona viruses, he mesmerized the audience with a masterly presentation.

Prof. Dhar underlined the importance of social distancing, sanitization and constant vigil, until a vaccine/drug is developed to control this highly contagious and dangerous virus.

COVID-19 is proving to be the biggest challenge of the Century so far, and India with a population of 1.38 billion, is facing a daunting task to overcome the negative effects of the pandemic.

Viruses are genetic entities falling in between the living and non-living States. They can reproduce only inside a host cell after causing infection, said Prof Dhar. Vice-Chancellor in detail talked about the genetic material of the viruses. He very lucidly explained how the structure and function of DNA/RNA, which is made of four chemical entities ACT(U)G called bases.

He mentioned that a particular order of these bases determines the nature of an organism. There are various research groups in India which are involved in sequencing the genomes of the Corona viruses.

This information shall prove to be highly useful detection of viruses in various population groups as several diagnostic kits are being developed. Prof Dhar explained in detail about the Corona Virus, which is generally spherical, enveloped, 125 nm (100 million will be equal to pin head) present in various species of birds, snakes, bats and other mammals.

In order to create better understanding about the spread of COVID 19, Prof. Dhar highlighted the most common routes of transmission of virus i.e. droplets and close contact and in some cases aerosol transmission. He said that Coronaviruses can also be present in stools, gastrointestinal tract, saliva and urine.

He said that various commercial and research labs have developed Rapid diagnostic test kits which can detect SARS-COV 2 in few hours.

Furthermore, researchers are pursuing three main strategies that include; use of antiviral medications to stop or slow the virus's ability to make copies of itself and turn the balance in favour of the immune system, identify antibodies which are the proteins produced in our immune systems,in response to infection and lastly stop the immune system spinning out of control as in the patients there are reports of Immune storm.

Although several Countries in the World are working very hard to develop the vaccine against the COVID 19 but as of now what is required is the prevention to break the transmission thereby control the progress of the disease proactively.

Prof Dhar exhorted that all the citizens of this Country should download ‘AarogyaSetu' the tracking mobile application in order to keep themselves updated about the virus and the warnings related to the risk of Covid-19.

He further informed that during the last 2-3 months voluminous information about all aspects of SARS-Cov-2 has become available. Some of the prestigious research institutions in India have developed a website called COVID gyan in order to comprehend the reliable data on Covid-19 and filter out misinformation.

He urges all the students to visit Consolidated Covid-19 Research Resources Repository developed by MHRD and IIT Kharagpur for accessing all the information available on Covid-19. The presentation was followed by a question-answer session.

It is pertinent to mention here that Media Cell, University of Jammu has taken this initiative to organize Web Talk series to bring the eminent International and National experts together, who will deliver lectures on variety of subjects.

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