The delta variant of SARS-COV2 is estimated to be 30-100% more transmissible than other prevalent variants and cause more severe infections than the original alpha-variant. At last count, it has spread to 80 countries and has rapidly become the dominant strain in several countries such as India and UK. Some concerns were expressed that the […]
A lot has been said about the need for good ventilation for prevention of COVID. Undoubtedly, good ventilation is vital for preventing build-up of high levels of SARS-COV2 in crowded / public places. Weddings have acted as super-spreader events as hundreds of people were cooped up indoors together for several hours, often in poorly ventilated […]
Let me make it clear at the outset that I greatly appreciate the tireless hard work and extreme risk that ground workers and administrative officials of the Brihanmumbai Mahanagarpalika (BMC)) have undergone during this pandemic. This article is an attempt at a genuine critique of the so-called “Mumbai Model” insofar as its hits and misses […]
“Modelling analyses showed an increase in vaccine efficacy after two standard doses from 55·1% (95% CI 33·0 to 69·9) with an interval of less than 6 weeks to 81·3% (60·3 to 91·2) with an interval of at least 12 weeks. A single standard dose had an efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 in the first 90 days […]
Oxygen is the single most important medicine for moderate-severe COVID patients. COVID as well as non-COVID hospitals are facing an acute shortage of medical oxygen. The reason is not a lack of production of oxygen, but the inadequacy of the distribution network of tankers to transport liquid oxygen from the point of manufacture to the […]
MyIndMakers kindly hosted me on their podcast for a lively discussion with Aadit Kapadia on the second wave of COVID and aspects of mass vaccination that have not been talked about much. If herd immunity is to be reached, at least 70% of population needs to be vaccinated. This is not possible by excluding the […]
I had written about the onset of second wave in India on 15th Feb 2021 and the post had gone quite viral. But who in the government takes blog posts seriously. Instead we heard platitudes: it’s not as virulent or dangerous, mortality is much lower, it’s not a second wave, we are well prepared. And […]
There will be a price to pay, and indeed it is being paid, for holding large political rallies and religious gatherings during a pandemic.
Was on a show last night on Mirror Now. We as the medical fraternity of India battling COVID on the frontlines, appeal to you not to risk our lives and yours. Please wear a mask, correctly. It should cover your nose and mouth completely. Do not fiddle with it and avoid touching the outer surface.
Sharing my new article published on ORF, explaining the reasons for the ongoing second wave of COVID and solutions. https://t.co/wB7bO9B4ex