Health
Democracy, or Public Health?
Suchitra Rau - Aug 09,2020
The COVID pandemic saw most affected nations impose lockdowns as a precautionary measure, ensuring that there was a flattening of the curve. This was for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly, to make sure that more people did not catch this highly communicable disease, and secondly, to help reduce the burden on hospitals such that cases were more spread out over time and hence, easier to treat. The sole purpose of requiring a compulsory quarantine was to help people refrain from large gatherings, all the more because this deadly virus is at a high state of contagion.
Are They Really Out to Get You?
Rohit Deshpande - Aug 04,2020
Since its discovery of the virus in December of 2019, COVID 19 has spread across the globe at an astonishing rate. However, one phenomenon which has outpaced the virus at all avenues is the false news and information regarding this virus which has infected the news media and our daily feed on social media. From whatsapp messages and facebook posts to big budget documentaries, false news has taken all forms and means possible. However, when it goes to making false information look like legitimate information, some people have gone above and beyond. Popular channels like Brain Fight, hosted by popular right wing extremist Alex Jones have lent their voice to many conspiracy theories, lending credence to these theories. However, this piece will largely focus on one singly effort to spread fake news, ‘Plandemic.’
Is the ICMR living in denial about community transmission of Covid-19?
Sainka Walia - Jul 31,2020
With total cases nearing 1.5 million and Covid-19 rapidly spreading in rural areas, ICMR refuting community transmission seems more of a try at withholding information than a logical refutation. Community transmission occurs when a positive patient has not been exposed to another known Covid-19 patient. This indicates that the infection is well-established in the community.
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