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COVID-19: What happens inside you?

COVID-19: What happens inside you?

- COVID-19: What happens inside you?

What happens when the novel coronavirus infects a human cell? What’s behind the symptoms of COVID-19, and how does the body respond?

What to do when you have nothing to do!

What to do when you have nothing to do!

- What to do when you have nothing to do!

Interesting things to explore during the lockdown

Will the lockdown help chase away the new coronavirus?

Will the lockdown help chase away the new coronavirus?

- Will the lockdown help chase away the new coronavirus?

The lockdown may have slowed down the spread of the novel coronavirus, but given what we know about this virus so far, a vaccine may be the most effective long term solution.

For all of you who still haven’t got it all together…

For all of you who still haven’t got it all together…

- For all of you who still haven’t got it all together…

The article describes the sudden changes that the lockdown has brought upon people.

COVID-19 and Mental Health: ​“It is important to bring in a sense of cohesiveness”

COVID-19 and Mental Health: ​“It is important to bring in a sense of cohesiveness”

- COVID-19 and Mental Health: ​“It is important to bring in a sense of cohesiveness”

We spoke to Biju Viswanath, faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, about possible mental-health-related consequences of the present situation and what individuals and families can do to cultivate resilience.

Our chemical senses and COVID-19

Our chemical senses and COVID-19

- Our chemical senses and COVID-19

The author describes the connection between COVID-19 and loss of sense of smell and taste in some patients.

Modelling post-lockdown scenarios in cities

Modelling post-lockdown scenarios in cities

- Modelling post-lockdown scenarios in cities

The article describes an interactive online simulator developed by scientists from IISc and TIFR that allows the user to see how different interventions affects the number of infections, fatalities and hospitalizations over time.

Identifying potential drug targets for fighting SARS-CoV-2

Identifying potential drug targets for fighting SARS-CoV-2

- Identifying potential drug targets for fighting SARS-CoV-2

A recent collaborative study from the USA, UK and France has identified the proteins on human host cells that interact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus on infection. Among these proteins, researchers have identified the human proteins that are already targeted by existing drugs or compounds and can therefore be tested as antiviral therapeutics.

Bats in the belfry: friends or foes?

Bats in the belfry: friends or foes?

- Bats in the belfry: friends or foes?

In this article, the authors present a balanced narrative around bats and why we should care about them. They discuss the role of bats in our ecosystems as important pollinators, insect (pest) eaters as well as hosts of viruses.

BCG and immunity in the context of COVID-19

BCG and immunity in the context of COVID-19

- BCG and immunity in the context of COVID-19

This article describes some links between the BCG vaccine and the innate immune system, and how this may help the body in the battle against infectious diseases including COVID-19.

Interview with Prof. Vineeta Bal

Interview with Prof. Vineeta Bal

- Interview with Prof. Vineeta Bal

Vineeta Bal, after doing an MD in microbiology, switched to a career in research. She was at the National Institute of Immunology (NII) for several years before moving to IISER Pune. In this interview with Chandrakant Redican she talks about the human body’s immune response and whether it can be improved, a question that is on the minds of many of us as we battle COVID-19.

Voices from the Lockdown – alone in the time of Covid

Voices from the Lockdown – alone in the time of Covid

- Voices from the Lockdown – alone in the time of Covid

This is a follow-up to the author's previous article published on this website and here she looks at what people are going through being alone at home.