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Scientists are already fighting the next pandemic — superbugs

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 shows just how fast infectious agents can move with human travel. The impact of increasing antibiotic resistance is no different.
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The world’s most powerful supercomputers have joined race to stop coronavirus

Supercomputers are being used in many facets of responding to Covid-19, including to predict spread of the virus, design vaccines and understand sneezes.
A mother and child in the Covid-19 lockdown (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India’s coronavirus fight lacks the most crucial thing in its arsenal — Data

Only a handful of cities and districts in India are currently publishing anywhere near the kind of Covid-related data that the Home Ministry wants states to use and consider.
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Why the ACE2 receptor could be key to treating Covid-19

Called the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, or ACE2, the protein provides the entry point for the coronavirus to hook into and infect human cells.
80% Covid-19 deaths in USA are among those 65 and older. Photo | Bloomberg

Listen to your gut: Why having a good microbiome matters in Covid-19 fight

The molecule that the coronavirus attacks in our bodies – Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 – is present not just in our lungs, but in our gastrointestinal tract as well.
Medical team at work in the Embassy at Rome, collecting samples of Indian nationals for testing COVID-19 | PTI

Coronavirus survivors could suffer severe health effects for years

Past epidemics tell us that survivors have compromised immune systems. A study of SARS showed people were falling sick more frequently than others for as long as 12 years.
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Why humans have themselves to blame for the coronavirus pandemic

There are more people coming into contact with wildlife species, as agriculture, forestry, mining & oil exploration destroy animals' natural habitats.
A doctor places a thermometer into a patient's ear during coronavirus symptom tests. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

Can Covid-19 survivors get the infection again? The answer is complicated

Evidence from earlier studies suggests having a coronavirus once does not make someone totally immune in the future.
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Let’s talk about men — the new vulnerable group in Covid-19 times

In South Korea, more women than men tested positive for the coronavirus but 54 per cent of those who died due to the infection were men.

Covid-19: Dr WHO gets prescription wrong

China informed WHO on 31 December, but there is evidence that the coronavirus had spread among humans as far back as mid-October. Yet, WHO showed no urgency.

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Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Artillery guns, assault rifles, AFVs — Here’s a list of 101 items MoD won’t import in future

Contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed with the domestic industry within the next six to seven years.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.