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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.
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.
Some thoughts on the origin of the SARS-COV-2 virus. I understand that this field of knowledge is changing continuously and if anything in here is outdated or if there have been any new breakthroughs, please leave a comment and share with me!
Some thoughts on the COVID-19 mortality, which seems to be on the decline in India as of the last six weeks or so.
Some of my thoughts on an interesting pre-print which discusses the heterogeneity of infection transmission efficiency across different groups of people.
Sannam S4 organized a webinar on the newly unveiled National Education Policy for India with Dr. Leena Chandran Wadia, who was a Consultant to the NEP Committee and a Senior Fellow at ORF. These are the summary notes I took during the webinar.
Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19: The Dutch ConCOVID Randomized Controlled Trial Halted for Re-design
The Dutch CONCOVID Trial intended to look at the effect of convalescent plasma therapy on mortality in COVID-19 patients. It has recently been halted after recruiting only about a fifth of its calculated sample size after some very unexpected results were observed. These are my quick thoughts on the matter!
COVID-19 has had a slow growth in various African countries. I look at the reported numbers and it seems that although the epidemiological proportions are in agreement with the global numbers, the low rate of testing is perhaps contributing to the lower number of reported cases.
India enters a small group of nations which have tested over 1 million samples for COVID-19. Some reflections on the scale of the success and what it entails.
A modeling paper discussing the impact of lock down has been virally transmitted on WhatsApp. In this post, I outline why I disagree with the core findings and assumptions of the model.
My reflections on why we need to mount a community-owned action plan to combat COVID-19 and how it will be detrimental to depend on our secondary and tertiary care hospitals to fight the COVID-19 battle.
A quick summary of the policy steps taken by various countries to contain or mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
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