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Not the ‘Usual Suspects’: Silent carriers of the SARS-CoV-2

Not the ‘Usual Suspects’: Silent carriers of the SARS-CoV-2

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Have you noticed that in some thriller movies or novels the least suspected protagonist ends up being the criminal mastermind? Well, the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to present a similar situation wherein some infected individuals show no symptoms of disease, but are unwittingly transmitting the virus to others. Scientists and epidemiologists suspect that this infected but symptom-free population (asymptomatic) may be fuelling the pandemic. A deeper understanding and tracking of these asymptomatic individuals could shape future testing strategies and containment plans.

 

The quest for a COVID-19 vaccine

The quest for a COVID-19 vaccine

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Ranjini Raghunath gives details on the current research efforts to make vaccine against novel coronavirus

 

What can we learn from the genomes of the novel coronavirus?

What can we learn from the genomes of the novel coronavirus?

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The author, in this article, explains that sequencing of the genome has helped scientists answer questions such as, the origins of this new virus, and whether vaccines can be made against it.

 

Living Alone in the Time of Covid19

Living Alone in the Time of Covid19

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Rukmini Chawla Kumar discusses ways of dealing with the stresses associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

 

Going the distance to slow the COVID-19 outbreak

Going the distance to slow the COVID-19 outbreak

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A 3-week long nationwide lockdown is an unprecedented experience for most Indians. Recent scientific studies, including one where researchers carried out large-scale mathematical modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, provide insight into why such extreme measures are imperative in current times.

 

COVID-19: Vaccine development and therapeutic strategies

COVID-19: Vaccine development and therapeutic strategies

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While over a million people worldwide are now confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, we do not yet have an empirical cure or a vaccine for this potentially fatal disease. In this article, Deepak Kumar Sinha, Professor at Institute of Biological Sciences, SAGE University, Indore, discusses some of the approaches being taken by researchers around the world to come up with treatment strategies and vaccines for COVID-19.

 

COVID-19: Busting some Myths

COVID-19: Busting some Myths

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From colloidal silver to essential oils, myths continue to abound on social media about home-grown remedies to treat or prevent COVID-19. We asked Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University, Sonipat and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai to lay some of these myths to rest. You can also check out answers to some commonly asked questions about COVID-19 here.

 

How maths helps us battle the spread of infectious diseases

How maths helps us battle the spread of infectious diseases

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Contrary to popular belief, mathematics can be an important ally in our battle against pandemics. Here, we discuss some of the early mathematical models of disease transmission, as well as more modern versions that rely on computer-based simulations and factors in complex parameters. Insights gained from such approaches can be used to inform policy decisions related to novel diseases such as COVID-19.

 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions

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In the wake of the present global pandemic, there has been a rapid proliferation of misinformation and rumours related to coronavirus infection and disease, particularly via social media. We requested Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University, Sonipat and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, to answer some of the most common questions being asked about the virus and clear up some misconceptions.

 

The public-private healthcare gap in the fight against COVID-19

The public-private healthcare gap in the fight against COVID-19

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As India moves through the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts containment procedures in place, the need for rapid and widespread testing is becoming more and more critical every day. In such a scenario, it is crucial for the public and private healthcare sectors to combine their forces and coordinate their actions. In this article, Joel and Leeba examine the need for, and efforts made towards building such partnerships in India.