Coronavirus: How Kerala achieved the much acclaimed zero cases

While active involvement of all the stakeholders who compliment each other especially during the crisis has worked in Kerala's favour, these are not measures put in place to fight coronavirus but has been a legacy of the State. It’s a success born out of decades-old social revolution and development. With containment strategies in place even … Continue reading Coronavirus: How Kerala achieved the much acclaimed zero cases

Coronavirus: Opacity in the time of an outbreak can kill more people

China could have contained the spread with very little effort and resources had it been transparent and acted on time. Downplaying and being secretive about public health issues, particularly novel virus outbreaks, as it found out during SARS, and then now, can be very counterproductive. From quick sequencing of the whole genome of the coronavirus … Continue reading Coronavirus: Opacity in the time of an outbreak can kill more people

How bats harbour several viruses yet not get sick

Bats serve as natural hosts for numerous viruses including Ebola virus, Nipah virus, SARS, MERS and the novel coronavirus. Yet, the viruses even when present in large numbers do not cause any harmful effects. Reason: bats avoid excessive virus-induced inflammation. Bats serve as natural hosts for numerous viruses including Ebola virus, Nipah virus, coronoviruses such … Continue reading How bats harbour several viruses yet not get sick

Nipah virus outbreak exposes the chinks in Kerala’s health-care armour

If Kerala was taken by surprise last year by the first outbreak of Nipah virus infection, its recurrence this year strongly suggests that the virus is in circulation in fruit bats.  After all, a study published on May 25 this year demonstrated that fruit bat was the source of the virus. In the absence of … Continue reading Nipah virus outbreak exposes the chinks in Kerala’s health-care armour