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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.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (Representational image) | Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

NASA offers podcasts, DIY projects and videos to keep boredom at bay

As part of its #NASAatHome initiative, the US space agency replugged several of its podcasts, videos and DIY projects.

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Migrant workers move in packed buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 exodus isn’t like Partition but 2020 has one thing in common with 1947

Covid-19 & Partition share one key element which leaders today overlooked as cavalierly as the founders of India and Pakistan did in 1947: Fear.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Is there a risk of Modi govt using Covid-19 to curb media and freedoms or is it necessary?

Surveillance is becoming a key concern during the Covid-19 crisis. The Supreme Court has also directed media to publish the official version of the developments.

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Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

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.