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Medical workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Hyderabad | PTI

Develop test kits, identify drugs: Science ministry calls for rapid projects against Covid-19

The Department of Science and Technology wants researchers to develop affordable rapid diagnostic kits, research existing drugs and test supplements that increase immunity.
Bats | Credits: Pexels

Why bats are huge reservoirs of viruses and how humans remain at high risk of infection

Loss of habitats has forced bats to live in close contact with humans, increasing chances of people getting infected with novel viruses.
lab technician or doctor handles a test tube

How the novel coronavirus is mutating, and if you should be concerned

Virus mutations are common and expected, but they don’t change the virulence of any strain of the coronavirus.
A medic looks on at a patient who has shown positive symptoms for coronavirus at an isolation ward in Hyderabad on 10 March

Why asymptomatic coronavirus carriers aren’t as contagious but still a big danger

People without documented symptoms were about half as contagious as those with them & yet they constituted majority who got & spread Covid-19, study shows.
Medical workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Hyderabad | PTI

Govt funds start-up to produce device that reduces presence of coronavirus in closed space

Pune start-up has been given Rs 1 cr to increase production of Scitech Airon, which claims to reduce presence of the coronavirus in a closed room within an hour.
Passengers at the Prayagraj Railway Station wear masks as a preventive measure for coronavirus, on 16 March 2020 | PTI

3D printers making masks to why social distancing is best bet — top research on Covid-19

Travel restrictions only help stop transmission in the early and late stages of the pandemic. ThePrint bring you the latest research on Covid-19.
Representational image | A research assistant at the artificial heart development laboratory at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur | Photo: Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg

How experts are using maths to stay ahead of the coronavirus

Mathematical epidemiology is playing a crucial role in the fight against large-scale infectious diseases such as COVID-19.
Migrants in Delhi boarding buses to go back to their villages | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Johns Hopkins University disassociates from study on India’s possible Covid-19 cases

The study titled ‘COVID-19 for India Updates’ had gone viral on social media last week and predicted that India will have more than 12 crore Covid-19 cases.
The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi | Photo: icgeb.org

Scientist says anti-epilepsy drug can be repurposed for Covid-19, writes to ICMR to test it

ICGEB’s Neel Sarovar Bhavesh says the need of the hour is cooperation between researchers and govt agencies, so that a cure for Covid-19 can be found quickly.
Illegal trade of pangolins (representational image) | Photo: Commons

Did pangolins transmit coronavirus to humans? Could be, but scientists still not sure

Research so far indicates that the pangolin, a scaly mammal that is illegally traded, was most likely an intermediary between bats and humans, but not the only one.

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People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.


The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.