Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

500 officials of TRIFED Van Dhan India unleash power of Webinars to Work from Home

On March 29, 2020, around 500 officials of TRIFED (The Tribal cooperative Marketing Development federation of India) operating under Ministry of Tribal Affairs unleashed the power of Webinars.

Highlights

The Trifed Social Media team has reached 2.5 million people in three days. TRIFED Van Dhan GIS based website gathered more than 50 lakh tribal gatherers spread across 27 different states. Through “Tech for Tribals” scheme that was recently launched in March 2020, around 3.5 lakh tribal entrepreneurs were gathered.

These steps are being taken to support the tribal gatherers who might face distress in sales during these Lock Down times. The schemes being freshly launched should also earn their trust. This shall be achieved only through continuous contacts and proven upliftment results despite of the threats. This is being achieved by the TRIFED officials by working from home.

Significance

This shows that the Government of India activities to develop the Tribals are in full swing despite the Lock Down in the country due to the threat of COVID-19.

TRIFED

The TRIFED has so far set up 1,205 Van Dhan Centres. Around 3 lakh and 70 thousand tribals are employed through these centres. They will be greatly affected if not addressed during Lock Down. There are plans to link these products to the E Commerce portals in the country to keep their sales on. A separate portal has been suggested by TRIFED to help Artisans and other tribal gatherers.

FDA approves Convalescent Plasma Treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has approved the use of Convalescent plasma collected from patients recovered from COVID-19 to treat seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The idea of the method is to inject plasma with antibodies into critically ill patients for them to gain immunity against the virus.

Highlights

The Convalescent plasma treatment had earlier been studied during the outbreaks of 2003 SARS-CoV-1 epidemic, 2009-10 H1N1 influenza virus and 2012 MERS-CoV epidemic.

The treatment is mere collection of plasma from a COVID-19 recovered patient and inject them into a critically ill patient of COVID-19

What is Plasma?

Plasma is the major part of the blood. Apart from RBC, WBC and platelets in the blood, all the other fluid content is referred as Plasma. It makes up more than 55% of blood in human body. When separated from blood, it becomes light yellow liquid. This is because, blood is red in color due to the RBCs.

The main role of plasma is to carry hormones, nutrients and proteins to different parts of the body.