Author: Pranab Chatterjee

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) 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. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) 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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