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April 4, 2020 6:58:45 am

Home-made masks might not be as effective in blocking outside particles as professional masks, but they are nonetheless better than not having a mask at all. Simple masks made of cotton cloth do keep out larger particles. And these can be washed and reused multiple times.

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April 4, 2020 12:02:49 am

In a communication to the states on March 24, the Home Ministry said persons violating the containment measures will be liable to be punished under provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides Section 188 IPC.

Explained: New debate over old vaccine
April 4, 2020 8:37:32 am

Used for ages against TB, the BCG vaccine is newly under the spotlight. One study claims a link between low COVID-19 spread and wide BCG coverage, another dismisses it. A look at BCG, and the new discussion.

April 4, 2020 8:39:41 am

Coronavirus: When someone returns from outdoors, is it essential to wash their clothes? The risk of infected clothes depends on where you went.

April 3, 2020 11:03:10 am

While the share of the elderly in India’s population is 8.6% as per Census 2011, their share in Kerala is 12.7%.

Explained: To do rapid tests, or not to
April 3, 2020 10:43:33 am

States have been pushing for rapid tests on plasma; ICMR has resisted, yielded and qualified its stance. How are such tests different from PCR tests on swab, and what are the arguments for and against each?

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April 3, 2020 10:31:16 am

Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, “advice” and theories have been circulating around social media that drinking alcohol offers protection against the novel coronavirus.

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April 2, 2020 12:04:40 pm

Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director and India’s top pulmonologist, is a member of the high-level technical committee to guide strategies for COVID-19 prevention and control. He speaks to The Indian Express.

Explained: Are children less vulnerable to novel coronavirus?
April 2, 2020 9:37:21 am

In research about the novel coronavirus so far, the evidence has been that the elderly and those with underlying conditions are more vulnerable. Does that mean children are immune?

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April 2, 2020 2:52:18 pm

Although COVID-19 cases have grown faster over the last one week, the transmission rate in India is lower than elsewhere, experts note. A comparison of growth in cases, deaths between India and other countries.

Tablighi Jamaat: its purpose, how it runs
April 2, 2020 2:52:24 pm

Tablighi Jamaat: The proselytising movement aims to reach out to ordinary Muslims and revive their faith, particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour.

April 2, 2020 2:52:31 pm

Handwashing for 20 seconds at least kills the virus. When using a sanitiser, it should ideally have an alcohol content of 60% or more.

COVID-19 Effect: Even as FDs turn dull, stay with safe instruments in current times
April 1, 2020 1:42:59 pm

It will be difficult for small banks and NBFCs to raise deposits easily as the perception of deposits being safe have taken a hit after troubles at PMC Bank and Yes Bank.

Coronavirus: Clusters lead to surge in spread but could help contain it too
April 2, 2020 2:52:37 pm

Experts believe that from the perspective of containing the spread, the emergence of these clusters might be a good thing.

The business of breathing: What does it take to build a ventilator, and who can do it?
April 2, 2020 2:52:50 pm

What does it take to build a ventilator, and who can do it? What hurdles must India overcome to accomplish such a massive scale-up before the pandemic can potentially overwhelm the health system?

Explained: For how long can virus in this outbreak survive on clothes?
April 1, 2020 2:27:23 pm

Studies have looked at how long the virus can survive on various surfaces — plastic, steel, cardboard — and even in the air, but none has looked at fabric yet.

Explained: What is being sprayed on migrants, is it safe?
April 2, 2020 2:21:22 pm

The chemical in the spray was a sodium hypochlorite solution. Sodium hypochlorite is commonly used as a bleaching agent, and also to sanitise swimming pools.

March 30, 2020 11:28:00 am

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved use of blood plasma from recovered patients to treat severely critical COVID-19 patients.

India coronavirus lockdown: Where does virus go from here?
April 2, 2020 2:54:46 pm

A look at various possible scenarios that can happen in the COVID-19 outbreak, which one of these is most likely playing out in India now, and the role of the lockdown in addressing the situation.

Explained: What can cause a COVID-19 patient to relapse after recovery?
March 30, 2020 12:02:01 pm

Coronavirus pandemic: Since the exact behaviour of the novel coronavirus is still being studied, immunity against it is not fully understood.