India should prepare for the worst with Omicron

India has been witnessing a surge in cases in many States. There is no reason to believe that the variant will behave differently in India or that Indians have some unknown shield of protection against the virus. The Omicron variant is galloping across the U.S. and many countries in Europe at a pace never seen … Continue reading India should prepare for the worst with Omicron

New cases and deaths rising again globally

Ever since the new daily cases globally touched a new peak of over 0.9 million on April 28, the daily recorded cases have been steadily dropping before rising again from the fourth week of June. The highly transmissive Delta variant has been driving the cases in most countries. Brazil, India, Indonesia, the U.K and Colombia … Continue reading New cases and deaths rising again globally

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

U.S. reports 30,755 excess, unaccounted deaths by end-April

When COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. stood at 56,246 on April 25, it is been estimated that 30,755 excess deaths have not been accounted for. In the early phase of the pandemic, all COVID-19 deaths might not have been correctly recognised due to inadequate knowledge of the infection or lack of testing availability. Many countries, … Continue reading U.S. reports 30,755 excess, unaccounted deaths by end-April

5% of COVID-19 patients admitted to a hospital died in the U.S.

A COVID-19 case surveillance between January 22-May 30 finds 5% of people admitted to a hospital died. Hospitalisation was six times higher and deaths 12 times higher among patients with reported underlying conditions than those without underlying conditions. A new report on case surveillance of COVID-19 in the U.S. between January 22 and May 30 … Continue reading 5% of COVID-19 patients admitted to a hospital died in the U.S.

Coronavirus: U.S. halting funding for WHO will have disastrous consequences

Faulting the WHO for imaginary failings cannot help Mr. Trump wash his hands of many administrative failures in containing the epidemic. Moving beyond blaming and actually withholding WHO funding can have disastrous outcomes. If indeed he fervently believes that U.S has been misled, it is China that he must hold responsible for delayed alert. At … Continue reading Coronavirus: U.S. halting funding for WHO will have disastrous consequences

Coronavirus: Can the U.S. quickly contain the epidemic without strong mitigation measures?

With the most number of novel coronavirus cases in the world and nearly 75% more than China, can the U.S. contain community spread without any strong mitigation measures in the three hotspots of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut? On March 27, with 85,486 people infected with novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the U.S surpassed mainland China … Continue reading Coronavirus: Can the U.S. quickly contain the epidemic without strong mitigation measures?

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

China reports zero cases on three days, is it just a blip?

China had zero cases on March 18-20, but one local transmission on March 21. The turnaround in China comes at a time when the virus is galloping in Europe and is quickly spreading in the U.S. In a remarkable turnaround, China had zero cases of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on March 18-20, including in Wuhan, the … Continue reading China reports zero cases on three days, is it just a blip?

What led to spread of measles for nearly a year in New York

Though measles vaccine coverage is high in the U.S., the reason why the two outbreaks in New York City and New York State lasted for almost a year boils down to gaps and disparities in vaccine coverage between communities. Nearly 20 years after being declared measles-free, on October 3, 2019, the United States escaped by … Continue reading What led to spread of measles for nearly a year in New York