Coronavirus: Allowing huge congregation during Ram Navami mela is dangerous at this time

At a time when the virus is marching across countries infecting thousands and felling hundreds each day, lakhs of people congregating during the Ayodhya Ram Navami Mela can have serious consequences and can completely shift the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in India. That mass gatherings,  especially in enclosed spaces, provide perfect conditions for novel … Continue reading Coronavirus: Allowing huge congregation during Ram Navami mela is dangerous at this time

COVID-19: Not a time to panic but to act decisively

In addition to testing sick people and their contacts, India should adopt a more aggressive approach by looking for cases in the community to prevent the silent spread of the virus. With the virus galloping to 116 countries/regions causing more than 118,000 cases and 4,291 deaths as on March 11, the World Health Organization took … Continue reading COVID-19: Not a time to panic but to act decisively

COVID-19 has higher death rate than influenza, Tedros says

Contrary to the notion that COVID-19 has less death rate compared with influenza, WHO says about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died globally compared with generally far fewer than 1% of those infected with influenza. Contrary to the general notion that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has less death rate compared with influenza (commonly called as … Continue reading COVID-19 has higher death rate than influenza, Tedros says

Novel coronavirus marches on outside China

Even as the number of laboratory confirmed novel coronavirus cases has come down in the last few days in mainland China, its spread continues unchecked in other countries. The epidemic in South Korea, Italy and Iran is causing alarm, while Hong Kong and Singapore appear to have reined in the virus. Even as the number … Continue reading Novel coronavirus marches on outside China

Explained: Novel coronavirus has spread to 49 countries, but why WHO will not declare it a pandemic now

Though 3,346 confirmed novel coronavirus cases have been reported from 49 countries outside mainland China, WHO says it will not declare it a pandemic now. The reason: Using the word pandemic carelessly has no tangible benefit, but has significant risk in terms of amplifying unjustified fear. On February 26, for the first time since the … Continue reading Explained: Novel coronavirus has spread to 49 countries, but why WHO will not declare it a pandemic now