Nearly 100,000 children in the U.S. infected with coronavirus in just two weeks

Nearly 1,00,000 (97,078 to be specific) children were infected with novel coronavirus in just two weeks during the period July 16-30. There were 20 deaths during this time. The cumulative number of children who have tested positive stands at 3,38,982, accounting for 8.8% of all cases. Abandon the notion that children are less likely to … Continue reading Nearly 100,000 children in the U.S. infected with coronavirus in just two weeks

Dead fragments of novel coronavirus led to false positives in recovered patients

By the end of April, 263 people in South Korea who had recovered from COVID-19 had again tested positive for the virus, raising concerns about reinfection or reactivation. But on April 30, infectious disease experts confirmed that dead virus fragments still present in recovered people led to false positives. In early April, South Korea announced … Continue reading Dead fragments of novel coronavirus led to false positives in recovered patients

War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

The large religious congregation held in mid-March by Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into a large cluster of novel coronavirus. The organisers should have been aware how their congregation in Malaysia in February led to a spike in cases there. But Delhi government is also equally culpable. Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into … Continue reading War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

COVID-19: Trump epitomises everything a President should not be during a pandemic

On January 20, both South Korea and the U.S. reported their first case of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Two months later, the U.S. has surpassed China and has the most number of cases in the world, while South Korea has largely contained the spread. President Donald Trump can now only hope that “one day — it’s … Continue reading COVID-19: Trump epitomises everything a President should not be during a pandemic

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

Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

Besides Italy, Spain, Germany and France reporting very high number of cases, all other countries in Europe have recorded at least one case so far, thus shifting the epicentre of the pandemic from China to Europe. With 1,08,399 cases reported from outside mainland China as on March 17, there are more number of people infected … Continue reading Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

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