Mistakes made in H1N1 epidemic are being repeated in COVID epidemic

An international alert message about COVID-19 by United Health Professionals to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: We are health professionals of the international collective United Health Professionals, composed of more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from different countries … Continue reading Mistakes made in H1N1 epidemic are being repeated in COVID epidemic

Depressed minds, suicidal thoughts, unsafe nests: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Dr Anita Mishra, Ritika Gupta* Experts believe that there will be a surge in cases of mental illness in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic due to lasting impact of physical distancing, quarantine and socio-economic factors. According to World Health Organization (WHO),every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide, and it is the second … Continue reading Depressed minds, suicidal thoughts, unsafe nests: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Why you don’t need an epidemic for the public health system to collapse

By Priyal Vijayvargiya* The first COVID-19 case in India was detected on January 30, the same day that WHO declared it a public health emergency of international concern. Around 10 million cases have been recorded in the country since then with around 150000 casualties. While the crisis has shaken the entire world, the situation has … Continue reading Why you don’t need an epidemic for the public health system to collapse

Slow learners: Neither an illness nor a disease. Then what it is?

By Anshika Agarwal* A slow learner is one who is neither an average child nor mentally retarded, and they are somewhere in between the two. There are several terms used to address slow learners- dull normal, borderline, below-average, sub-average or partially mentally-subnormal. Often it is misunderstood that these children are ‘mentally weak’ or ‘dumb’. But, … Continue reading Slow learners: Neither an illness nor a disease. Then what it is?

Coordination: The need of the hour in the coronavirus pandemic

By Arup Mitra, Debdatta Saha* Human history has seen many diseases caused by external agents, like rats or viruses (the 1918 Spanish flu being one of the most fatal ones in the not-so-distant past). The Ebola virus causes havoc in the African sub-continent at regular intervals. The latter, though, contained in terms of its geographical … Continue reading Coordination: The need of the hour in the coronavirus pandemic

Pandemic has made us realise, more than technological revolution, we need moral revolution

By Moin Qazi* Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. -- Marie Curie The COVID-19 pandemic is a human tragedy of potentially biblical proportions and has convulsed societies like never earlier. Even as the world remains … Continue reading Pandemic has made us realise, more than technological revolution, we need moral revolution

Pandemic has overturned everything, but we must embrace resilience for better future

By Moin Qazi* The covid-19 pandemic is a human tragedy of potentially biblical proportion and has convulsed societies like never before. The world is gripped in a fright of an invisible threat that has caused an exponential explosion of infections, massive destruction of livelihoods and the ghastly appearance of refrigerated trucks parked next to hospitals … Continue reading Pandemic has overturned everything, but we must embrace resilience for better future