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Heroes of the COVID-19 Crisis series

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During the global COVID-19 pandemic, cities around the world rapidly adapted to unprecedented challenges. Technological innovation was at the forefront of these efforts. In this week’s article we will talk about how a talented young individual, Shwetal Karade, from Maharashtra helped the community during the crisis.

Shwetal Karade, a tech and strategy professional based in Maharashtra India, addressed a critical issue faced by her home city— the shortage of oxygen cylinders, essential for treating severe cases of COVID-19. She developed and introduced a simple yet effective online portal, TheOxyMapper, to map the supply and demand of oxygen cylinders. The portal integrated data from local councils regarding registered keepers of oxygen cylinders, providing a foundational database of available supplies. By opening the portal to public submissions, Shwetal ensured that anyone and everyone who had oxygen cylinders could make their entry, thus accounting for maximum available resources. Consumers in need of oxygen cylinders could access the portal to see where supplies were available, facilitating quicker and more efficient access to these critical resources.

By providing a centralized source of information, the portal improved the visibility of oxygen cylinder availability across the city. The public could quickly find where oxygen cylinders were available, reducing the time spent searching for this essential item. Although the solution was temporary, it effectively bridged the gap until the regular supply chain was restored.

For her efforts, Shwetal was awarded with the Innovators For Society (IFS) award in 2020 by the Nagpur City Council. This award acknowledges individuals who made significant contributions to public welfare each year.

Technology and community spirit have been critical in navigating the pandemic in other parts of the country too. In Mumbai, an app called CoviHelp has been developed to provide real-time information on hospital bed availability and medical supplies. In Bengaluru, a team of engineers have created a low-cost ventilator that could be rapidly deployed to meet urgent healthcare needs. In Delhi, a community-driven initiative has established a digital platform to connect volunteers with those in need of food and essential supplies during lockdowns. I will cover some of these in the future articles in this series.

As we reflect on the challenges posed by COVID-19, the dedication and ingenuity of individuals like Shwetal and others around the world offer hope and inspiration for a safer future.

Rosario is from New York and has worked with leading companies like Microsoft as a copy-writer in the past. Now he spends his time writing for readers of BigtimeDaily.com

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Tap Into The Healthy Power of Citrus Fruits This Summer

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June is Peak Season for Lemons, Limes, and Oranges 

June has finally arrived and with it, the bounty of seasonal summer citrus fruits. With lemons, limes and oranges at peak season, it’s time to embrace this superfood trio to keep you happy, healthy, and hydrated all summer long. Whether it’s on your plate, in a smoothie, or in your water bottle, citrus fruits have long been hailed as nature’s power produce, providing our bodies with a whole host of nutrients without a lot of calories.

CITRUS FRUITS HEALTH BENEFITS

Lemons contain nutrients that can help support your cardiovascular health and protect against kidney stones and amenia. Additionally, lemons are high in Vitamin C, fiber and naturally beneficial plant compounds which can help lower cholesterol.

Limes are rich in Vitamin C as well, and help the immune system fight infections by attacking bacteria and viruses. They are acidic, which helps saliva break down food and stimulate good digestion.

Also boasting a high Vitamin C content , oranges contain magnesium and vitamin B6, which can help keep blood pressure under control. Additionally, one orange is equal to about 4 ounces of water, so they are also an excellent source for hydration. 

Consuming these summer citrus fruits is a great way to neutralize your body’s free radicals, which can be damaging molecules caused by exposure to chemicals, UV rays and other environmental stressors.  

STAY HEALTHY AND HYDRATED

As temperatures begin to soar from June onwards, it is essential to keep hydrated during the summer months. Proper hydration helps regulate body temperature, keeps the blood flowing evenly, supports brain function, lubricates the joints and supports smooth digestion. 

Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Dehydration can affect people of all ages and fitness levels. One of the simplest ways to check your hydration levels is with a hydration calendar, suited to your gender, age, weight and activity level. 

If drinking water has become a bore, kick your beverage up a notch with clean and healthy water flavor enhancers like True Lemon or True Lime crystallized wedge replacements. Made from real lemon and lime juice and oils and no sugar or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Nothing but real citrus goodness.

Or combine the refreshment of lemons, limes and oranges with True Lemon Triple Citrus lemonade for a new twist on the classic summer lemonade. Made with only simple, clean Non GMO ingredients, each single serving added to your water bottle is only 10 calories and contains no artificial sweeteners or ingredients whose names you can’t pronounce. An easy and delicious way to stay hydrated anytime or anywhere.

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