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Pandemic

Bengaluru | Apr 10, 2020
Flattening the much-talked COVID-19 curve—How close are we in India?

In a recent effort, researchers at IIT - Kanpur have worked on answering about the approaches to flatten the epidemic curve.

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Apr 10, 2020
The crown that drove the world into a frenzy: Understanding the infection mechanism of novel coronavirus

 The novel coronavirus — termed SARS-CoV-2 — belongs to a family of viruses that target and infect the upper respiratory tract of mammals. At least six types of coronaviruses are known to infect humans that cause common cold. Scientists have reported the existence of coronaviruses in bats and birds dating back to millions of years ago. They believe that the cross-species transmission is more of a recent event.

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive
Bengaluru | Apr 4, 2020

A ventilator can be a life-saver for patients whose lungs are damaged by the COVID-19 infection. But India, like all countries grappling with this pandemic, is likely to face a large shortage of ventilators. Manufacturers are unable to source key components such as sensors and flow controllers from abroad due to the current disruptions in global supply chains.To address this shortage, a team of engineers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is currently building a prototype of an electro-mechanical ventilator from scratch, using only components found or made in India, based on guidelines issued by the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. It is expected to be ready within the next couple of weeks.

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, News
Bengaluru | Mar 27, 2020
The urgency for social distancing in India: Lessons to learn from Past and Present

What is the importance of Social Distancing in these times of global crisis?

General, Science, Health, Society, Policy, Deep-dive, Friday Features, Op-ed
Bengaluru | Mar 16, 2020
Wading through an ‘infodemic’ amidst the pandemic

In February, when the news of the first few confirmed cases of coronavirus in India came to light, we as a nation warmed up to the ‘Wuhan virus’, now at our doorstep. The mainstream media rushed to report on emerging new cases and debated if our infrastructure could handle this epidemic. Social media was abuzz with guidelines and ‘pro-tips’ on what and what not to do, nevermind the accuracy.

General, Science, Health, Society, Op-ed
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