Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Topic: SARS

A coronavirus epidemic broke out 20,000 yrs ago too & this is the impact it had on the world

Study says ancestors of people from what is now China, Japan, Mongolia, N Korea, S Korea & Taiwan experienced an epidemic of a coronavirus-induced disease similar to Covid-19.

Covid infection can block pain — that’s how it remains undetected for long

Our finding that Covid infections can block pain in humans opens up new and unexpected possibilities for pain relief research.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On Camera


AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann | Representational Image | ANI

AAP, TMC’s national ambitions ignore India’s stark diversity. Southern parties know better

Modern communication technologies can be the potential centripetal force that unify voters across states. AAP has benefitted from this in Punjab.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.