Author: Pranab Chatterjee

Skeptic Oslerphile. Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Past: Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!
COVID-19 Infectious Diseases

How long does SARS-CoV-2 survive on different surfaces?

One question which has been doing the rounds is if one can catch COVID-19 from fomites. I summarize the findings from a piece published in NEJM a few weeks back.

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COVID-19 Infectious Diseases

Was the SARS-CoV-2 a laboratory generated virus?

Summary information from some recent publications which indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 most likely emerged in nature, through natural selection, and was not a laboratory generated virus which escaped from the lab, either accidentally or due to malicious intent, and resulted in the pandemic which has thrown the whole world off-balance. However, the debate still remains, and a clear, fool proof evidence in favor of either side is yet to be identified.

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