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Testing WordPress to Anchor.fm for Podcasting my Blog

Testing out the recent wordpress.com connection with anchor.fm, which lets you create podcasts from the content created on your wordpress-powered blog!

Testing WordPress to Anchor.fm for Podcasting my Blog

Testing out the recent wordpress.com connection with anchor.fm, which lets you create podcasts from the content created on your wordpress-powered blog!

How long does SARS-CoV-2 survive on different surfaces?

One question which has been doing the rounds is if one can catch COVID-19 from fomites. I summarize the findings from a piece published in NEJM a few weeks back.

Was the SARS-CoV-2 a laboratory generated virus?

Summary information from some recent publications which indicate that the SARS-CoV-2 most likely emerged in nature, through natural selection, and was not a laboratory generated virus which escaped from the lab, either accidentally or due to malicious intent, and resulted in the pandemic which has thrown the whole world off-balance. However, the debate...

Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from?

Some thoughts on the origin of the SARS-COV-2 virus. I understand that this field of knowledge is changing continuously and if anything in here is outdated or if there have been any new breakthroughs, please leave a comment and share with me!

Some Thoughts on COVID-19 Infection Mortality Rate

Some thoughts on the COVID-19 mortality, which seems to be on the decline in India as of the last six weeks or so.

Research Notes: Transmission Heterogeneity in COVID-19

Some of my thoughts on an interesting pre-print which discusses the heterogeneity of infection transmission efficiency across different groups of people.

Webinar Notes: Unpacking the National Education Policy

Sannam S4 organized a webinar on the newly unveiled National Education Policy for India with Dr. Leena Chandran Wadia, who was a Consultant to the NEP Committee and a Senior Fellow at ORF. These are the summary notes I took during the webinar.

Convalescent Plasma in COVID-19: The Dutch ConCOVID Randomized Controlled Trial Halted for Re-design

The Dutch CONCOVID Trial intended to look at the effect of convalescent plasma therapy on mortality in COVID-19 patients. It has recently been halted after recruiting only about a fifth of its calculated sample size after some very unexpected results were observed. These are my quick thoughts on the matter!

COVID-19 in Africa: Slow Epidemic or Low Detection?

COVID-19 has had a slow growth in various African countries. I look at the reported numbers and it seems that although the epidemiological proportions are in agreement with the global numbers, the low rate of testing is perhaps contributing to the lower number of reported cases.

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