Thank you for the overwhelming response to the India Health Hour

Over 800 doctors volunteered
25,000+ online consultations between
1st May to 1st July, 2020

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India now consults online


Volunteering Doctors


Indians were Helped

Since 1st May, 2020, during the India Health Hour


Volunteering Doctors


Indians were Helped

Since 1st May, 2020, during the India Health Hour

10,000 + doctors are online every day on Practo and have helped over 5 million people so far

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What is the India Health Hour?


India Health Hour was an initiative by the top medical minds of the country, enabled by Practo.It was conducted from 1st May 2020 to 1st July 2020. The aim was to provide all Indians with FREE access to top doctors from across the country through online consultations. These doctors are pioneers in their respective fields, some of whom are Padma Shri awardees, Founders, Directors, or Heads of Departments at top hospitals and notable contributors in the medical field. These doctors volunteered to help Indians stay healthy during these difficult times.

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Coronavirus Updates







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Take Precautions

Prevention of COVID-19 At Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we now live, work and travel. With the lockdown being relaxed in a phase-wise manner, we will slowly start moving back to our workplaces and offices.

In light of this, all employers and employees have to take and follow necessary precautions to curb the spread of Coronavirus infection. Besides regular and deep sanitization of offices, strict implementation of social distancing, temperature monitoring, and wearing a mask have to be followed.

Here is a comprehensive guideline for getting workplaces ready for COVID-19

Additionally, remember to do the following once you are back home from work:

  • Feel blessed & positive about having a safe day at work
  • Shower immediately after getting home
  • Handle your work clothes, shoes & work bag carefully
  • Disinfect your phone, ID badge & other accessories

Wear a Mask

Government now recommends everyone to wear a mask. You can make your own handmade fabric mask at home. An N95 respiratory mask is recommended only if you have symptoms.

Cover your nose & mouth completely

Always remove the mask from behind

Dispose of all surgical masks in a closed bin

Use a handwash after handling a mask

Stay Safe While At Home

For all those who are continuing to work from home, practice social distancing, and hand and face hygiene practices. DO NOT STEP OUT, unless there’s an emergency!

To address any health concern, consult a doctor online from the comfort of your home and follow their instructions.

Keep These Essentials Handy

Here’s what you need to combat COVID-19 at home:



Tissues & Paper Towels

Handwash & Sanitizers



Stay Happy And Positive

While most of us are still expected to be indoors, staying positive, and engaged is getting more challenging.

Check Trusted sources only

Routine, Routine & routine

Stay virtually connected

Eat your veggies

Limit watching COVID-19 news

Do not panic if you catch a cold

Say NO to alcohol, tobacco & drugs

Avoid fatty foods

Tips For All To Take Care of Mental Health During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Call the government helpline number and seek help to deal with mental issues and stress



Call the government helpline number and seek help to deal with mental issues and stress

Treat Symptoms

Early Signs & Serious Symptoms

As per WHO, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:


Dry Cough


The CDC (Centre for Diseases Control) in the US has recently added 6 new symptoms of COVID-19:

Repeated Shivering

Muscle Pain

New Loss of Taste or Smell

Sore Throat



If you experience any of the above symptoms, take the novel coronavirus symptom check to find out the risk level of your infection and evaluate the need to either consult a doctor or get tested for COVID-19.

Try our symptom checker

Evaluate your Coronavirus infection risk level


Also note, the CDC added three more symptoms to the list of warning signs of COVID-19 infection, along with difficulty in breathing.

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish face and lips
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Congestion or runny nose

Consult with a Doctor Online

If you have early signs of flu / fever, consult with a doctor online to know more

Treat Mild Symptoms At Home

Treating mild symptoms or mild-infection of COVID-19 at home is easy and comfortable too. Just remember the following:

Drink prescribed cough syrup for relief. Treat a sore throat with honey & lemon water or throat lozenges

Use a humidifier. Turn the shower on hot and breathe in steam in the bathroom

If your symptoms become severe or you are having breathing difficulties or a high fever, immediately check with your doctor and check if you have to be hospitalized.

Experts Talk

What Experts Are Saying

Health Articles On COVID-19

New COVID-19 Vaccines And Drug: What You Need to Know

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COVID-19 Update: Omicron Symptoms And Revised Home Isolation Guidelines

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Teeth Grinding & The Effect of The Pandemic

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Official Resources

General Precautions For All

Always Remember

  • Practice social distancing at all times
  • Keep the house well-ventilated and well-lit
  • Regularly disinfect doors and windows
  • Eat nuts, lemons, oranges, and yogurt to boost immunity
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water
  • Do not touch your face
  • Use a tissue while coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Myths & Facts

Debunking COVID-19 Myths


Holding your breath for 10 seconds or more without any discomfort means you are free from COVID-19


The best way to confirm if you have COVID-19 is with a laboratory test. Do not try this breathing experiment, it can be very dangerous.


Temperatures higher than 25℃ degrees will prevent COVID-19


Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19.


There is a specific medicine to prevent or treat the new Coronavirus


Till date, there are no specific medicines or treatments for COVID-19. Research & development for new medicines and vaccines are being carried out.


Mosquito bites can cause COVID-19


There is no evidence to prove that mosquitoes can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 primarily spreads from one infected person to another.

Be wary of other such myths Read Now


What is Coronavirus?


Coronavirus is a crown-shaped virus that can be transmitted between both animals and humans. It belongs to a large family of viruses that can cause problems ranging from the common cold to severe respiratory diseases.

What are COVID-19 and 2019-nCoV?

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