Coronavirus and COVID-19

The latest updates from Nature India on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gene variation linked to less severe COVID-19 among South Asian populations

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT | 12 June 2021


Episode 4: A hotspot of coronavirus variants

With unprecedented SARS-CoV-2 infections, India is a breeding ground for variants and future mutations. Host: Subhra Priyadarshini. Produced by Jinoy Jose P. and Amrita Gupta Nambiar.

Podcast | 11 June 2021


Living with schizophrenia in a pandemic

As researchers around the world race to unravel the two-way enigma of severe mental illnesses and COVID-19, countries should prioritise vaccination for the millions affected by the double malady, says Debanjan Banerjee.

COMMENTARY | 24 May 2021


Models to identify drug candidates for COVID-19

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT | 19 May 2021


India’s neighbours race to sequence genomes as COVID surges

From Sri Lanka to Nepal, scientists with limited resources are working feverishly to discover which variants are driving outbreaks.

NEWS | 14 May 2021


Smartphones help test and track a pandemic

Prevalence, power and portability make the gadgets valuable for pathogen monitoring and citizen science.

FEATURE | 13 May 2021


AZ vaccine candidate works better given nasally, animal study shows

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT | 12 May 2021


New coronavirus variants spread in India

The variant B.1.617 has been linked to India’s surge in infections. Researchers are trying to determine the threat from a mutating virus.

SCIENCE NEWS | 11 May 2021


Why India must tackle the double burden of COVID-19 and TB urgently

For millions of TB patients, the post-COVID-19 world will not be ‘back to normal’ unless treatment for the other silent epidemic is prioritised, say Geetha Vani Rayasam and Anshu Bhardwaj.

COMMENTARY | 11 May 2021


Cross-species transmission unlikely from coronavirus infected Asiatic lions

SCIENCE NEWS | 6 May 2021


Vaccine shortage dents India's coronavirus adult immunisation drive

NEWS | 1 May 2021


India should heed its scientists on COVID

Researchers have spoken out against policies that have exacerbated the country’s coronavirus crisis. Policymakers must listen.

COMMENTARY | 30 April 2021


Why India must tackle a mutating virus head-on

With unprecedented SARS-CoV-2 infections, the country is likely to become a hotspot of future mutations unless the contagion is rapidly controlled, say Anurag Agrawal and Disha Agrawal.

COMMENTARY | 28 April 2021


India’s massive COVID surge puzzles scientists

The virus is spreading faster than ever before in India despite previous high infection rates in megacities, which should have conferred some protection.

NEWS | 21 April 2021


Antibacterial, self-cleaning, reusable face masks

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT | 19 April 2021


Second wave, new vaccines mark India’s summer of disquiet

In a two-part series, Nature India analyses the fresh surge in coronavirus cases, the vaccine pipeline and the challenges of inoculating a mammoth population.

FEATURE | 15 April 2021


Innovators target vaccines for variants and shortages in global South

The next generation of COVID-19 vaccines will not only tackle viral variants but also provide solutions across the globe at a fraction of the cost.

POLICY NEWS | 4 April 2021


Multilayer masks check the spread of COVID-19

Research Highlights | 6 April 2021


Herbal compound stops coronavirus-triggered inflammation, viral replication

Research Highlights | 30 March 2021


Software that helps analyse coronavirus genome for mutations

Research Highlights | 17 February 2021


India’s vaccine diplomacy aids global access to COVID-19 jabs

COMMENTARY | 17 February 2021


How social restrictions affected sleep at COVID-19 peak

Research Highlights | 9 February 2021


Announcing winners of Nature India Photo Contest 2020

Indigenus | 8 February 2021


A nanoscale arsenal

Nanomaterial design and strategies are at the forefront in developing advanced antiviral and antibacterial therapies.

SPECIAL FEATURE | 20 January 2021


A conscience-stirring pandemic

Between treating patients and churning out a record number of scholarly publications, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a productivity peak for many medical professionals. In this poignant essay, Debanjan Banerjee, a practicing psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, talks about the many levels at which such hyperactivity affected professionals.

Indigenus | 19 January 2021


AI vital in finding new targets for existing drugs

Artificial intelligence is harnessed to accelerate drug repurposing in the search for COVID-19 solutions.

SPECIAL FEATURE | 19 January 2021


Breathing new life into ventilator technology

Responding to a shortage of expensive international ventilators, engineers developed domestically built alternatives.

SPECIAL FEATURE | 18 January 2021


Vaccine makers in Asia rush to test jabs against fast-spreading COVID variant

Investigations are under way in China and India over fears that new SARS-CoV-2 variants could undermine vaccines.

POLICY NEWS | 12 January 2021


Limiting novel coronavirus spread via coughs

Research Highlights | 11 January 2021


India announces COVID-19 vaccine roll out, amps surveillance for new strains

NEWS | 5 January 2021


Vaccinating the world’s largest democracy

India is gearing up to supply COVID-19 vaccine doses to millions of people amidst predictable challenges that such a massive public health exercise might pose.

POLICY FEATURE | 27 December 2020


COVID-19 Engineering Solutions

Coping with the COVID-19 crisis lies not just in vaccines and drugs, but also technologies that the world’s scientists quickly geared up to invent or repurpose. This special issue focuses on engineering and technology solutions deployed to deal with the pandemic.

Special Issue | 11 December 2020


Indian states and districts highly vulnerable to COVID-19 identified

Research Highlights | 8 December 2020


Scientists criticize use of unproven COVID drugs in India

Researchers say it is unclear on what basis the drugs were approved for ‘emergency use’.

POLICY NEWS | 9 November 2020


Air pollution decreased in Indian cities during lockdown

Research Highlights | 28 October 2020


COVID-19 mortality patterns vary between rich and poor settings

Research Highlights | 20 October 2020


Device detects asymptomatic COVID-19 by testing sense of smell

Research Highlights | 19 October 2020


Popular repurposed drugs may not reduce mortality risk in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Research Highlights | 16 October 2020


Diaspora scientists gauge India’s pandemic ‘new normal’

What could be the challenges for Indian diaspora scientists wanting to explore career opportunities back home during the novel coronavirus pandemic? Sayan Dutta, a doctoral fellow in the Neurodegenerative Disease Research Laboratory at Purdue University, analyses the key learning from a recent global meet.

Indigenus | 15 October 2020


How citizen science is bolstering pandemic response

Timely crowdsourcing efforts are supplementing the COVID-19 fight.

FEATURE | 14 October 2020


Software tool for assessing COVID-19 risk in animals

Research Highlights | 12 October 2020


One vaccine good for all strains of novel coronavirus

SCIENCE NEWS | 8 October 2020


COVID-19 fatigue wilting frontline workers

As India’s pandemic case numbers inch towards the seven million mark, healthcare workers are feeling burnt out with unprecedented work load, anxiety and uncertainty.

FEATURE | 5 October 2020


Asymptomatic reinfection of novel coronavirus reported

Research Highlights | 4 October 2020


India firming plans for COVID-19 vaccine roll out mid-2021

NEWS | 4 October 2020


Genetic variation linked to lower COVID-19 case fatality rates

Research Highlights | 29 September 2020


An unequal pandemic

COVID-19 is impacting women more than men, say Nitya Rao and Jayashree Balasubramaniam.

Features | 23 September 2020


Nearly half COVID-19 recovered patients may not have enough 'neutralising antibodies'

Research Highlights | 16 September 2020


Senior citizens, high-risk workers to get vaccine first: Harsh Vardhan

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in India, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced that a vaccine would possibly be rolled out in the first quarter of 2021.

News | 14 September 2020


Lockdown may have aggravated child undernutrition in India

Research Highlights | 29 August 2020


Why mental health discourse must transcend the pandemic

Mental health of societies is justifiably under the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, psychiatrist Debanjan Banerjee of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Bengaluru is sceptical that the important issue may be pushed back into obscurity once the crisis ends.

Indigenus | 25 August 2020


How COVID-19 may be affecting the brain

Mounting evidence points to the possible neurological effects of SARS-CoV-2.

Features | 25 August 2020


Fake news at the forefront of COVID‐19 crisis

Study finds India, US and China fuel the rumour mills most.

News | 13 August 2020


Low-cost, portable COVID-19 testing device

Research Highlights | 25 July 2020


The pandemic: What should the public know?

More than six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a noticeable explosion in new scientific information and counter-information. Jahnavi Phalkey says countries need a more nuanced approach to engage with publics overwhelmed with evolving knowledge.

Features | 21 July 2020


Curating during a contagion

Almost 90 per cent of the world’s museums are facing closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aditi Ghose, an Education Assistant at Birla Industrial & Technological Museum in Kolkata, says museums will have to become emotionally intelligent and responsive to stay relevant through the crisis.

Indigenus | 20 July 2020


Crowdsourcing for robust, real-time COVID-19 data

Timely data on the contagion will be crucial to saving millions of lives, say Weixing Zhang, Rockli Kim and S.V. Subramanian.

Features | 14 July 2020


Danger of coronavirus spreading through untreated sewage water

Research Highlights | 7 July 2020


Tackling a tsunami of misinformation and myths

From the belief that drinking tea will protect against COVID-19, to confusion with tragic outcomes, such as poisonings, misunderstanding and hoaxes are common in this time of uncertainty.

Features | 3 July 2020


Time to bring scientific rigour to the complex challenge of Ayurvedic medicine

Jitendra Kumar and Pradip Sinha take a look at traditional approaches in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Feature | 2 July 2020


Nature India special issue on COVID-19 is out

Indigenus | 30 June 2020


A peek into a COVID-19 testing facility

It’s a race against time to produce accurate and efficient diagnostic results, says Shanti Kalipatnapu, as she walks through IISER Pune’s testing centre, one of the 1047 across India checking samples for the novel coronavirus.

Indigenus | 30 June 2020


Webinar | Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty: Zoonotics, vaccines, drug discovery

Webinar | 29 June 2020


Computer screens antiviral compounds against coronavirus

Research Highlights | 28 June 2020


Webinar | Mental Health Challenges during COVID-19

Webinar | 8 June 2020


Vibrant research needs transparent government backing in India’s coronavirus fight

Laboratories abuzz, the country can only reap the full benefits of her science with more openness in policy.

News | 3 June 2020


COVID-19 fuels India’s biotech entrepreneurship

As the pandemic restricts imports of reagents and kits, India’s biotechnologists are making their own, writes Somdatta Karak in this guest post.

Indigenus | 30 May 2020


A cyclone-battered state struggles with COVID-19 compliance

As India’s eastern state of West Bengal reels under the effects of a devastating cyclone, choosing between life and physical distancing has become tricky.

News | 29 May 2020


Webinar | Engaging communities during a pandemic

Webinar | 20 May 2020


Lockdown unlocking technology for India’s farmers

Rural communities grappling with livelihood issues and looking for support for farming activities are increasingly embracing technology for survival. Jayashree Balasubramanian, who heads communication at the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Chennai, talks of her experience with farmers attending virtual ‘plant clinics’.

Indigenus | 21 May 2020


How religion can aid public health messaging during a pandemic

Religious leaders have distinctive networks that can help disseminate important messages in the COVID-19 crisis, write Sima Barmania and Michael J. Reiss.

Features | 20 May 2020


Tea plant chemicals block coronavirus activity better than anti-HIV drugs

Research Highlights | 18 May 2020


Honey bees starve in COVID-19 lockdown

Indigenus | 15 May 2020


A low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 patients

Research Highlights | 13 May 2020


Lessons from a pandemic to repurpose India's agricultural policy

As the coronavirus crisis triggers a large scale exodus of migrant agricultural workers from India’s food basket, it's time the country diversified beyond labour and water intensive crops, write Arabinda K Padhee and Prabhu Pingali.

Features | 12 May 2020


How coronavirus data from history is helping fight COVID-19

When a bunch of database experts peered through archival information on coronaviruses, they saw substantial data that could aid the world’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Indigenus | 6 May 2020


Webinar | Coronavirus science updates

Webinar | 5 May 2020


Webinar | Beyond the pandemic: What should doctors and hospitals do?

Webinar | 2 May 2020


When ready, a coronavirus vaccine must reach all

More than 115 vaccines are under development to bring the novel coronavirus pandemic to a halt. It is time to spruce up a global supply mechanism to ensure everyone gets the vaccine, say Arun Kumar and Tung Thanh Le.

Features | 1 May 2020


How India must prepare for a second wave of COVID-19

The family, the community and the hospital will be the three most important deciders of where the infection curve goes post-lockdown, say George M Varghese and Suman Rijal.

Features | 1 May 2020


Corona-free: Pandemic-proof packaging of the future

Features | 30 April 2020


From the frontline: A doctor’s tryst with COVID-19

When Viny Kantroo, a respiratory diseases specialist, started seeing COVID-19 patients in a Delhi hospital, a whole new world unfolded in front of her – both personally and professionally. “It has never been so tough before, taking care of your own breathlessness and that of your patients’, simultaneously”, she says in this guest post.

Indigenus | 30 April 2020


Massive coronavirus sequencing efforts urgently need patient data

Unless each sequence of the virus in the global open repositories comes with additional patient information, the practical benefits of such record sequencing are lost.

News | 29 April 2020


Webinar | COVID-19 impact on India’s vulnerable populations

Webinar | 27 April 2020


Model finds 'middle ground' for India's lockdown exit

Alternate weeks of strict restrictions and milder physical distancing may be a good way for parts of India to exit the lockdown after 3 May 2020, predicts a new model that also bears at heart the socio-economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Features | 27 April 2020


Ultrasensitive portable novel coronavirus detection kit

Research Highlights | 27 April 2020


Caring for cancer and chronic diseases during a pandemic

Features | 20 April 2020


Models predict how India would fare post-lockdown

Computer simulations suggest preventing a second wave of infection in India will need continued aggressive tracking of COVID-19 cases even after restrictions ease.

News | 20 April 2020


From lockdown in the Arctic to home quarantine

Polar scientist Vishnu Nandan has just returned home in Canada from a four-month darkness-engulfed lockdown in the Arctic. In an interview to Nature India, he talks about coming back into a world fighting a pandemic.

Features | 19 April 2020


Webinar | Role of language during a pandemic

Webinar | 17 April 2020


Managing the ethical implications of coronavirus

Features | 16 April 2020


Antimicrobial spray coat against coronavirus

Research Highlights | 15 April 2020


Produce more coarse grains to meet pandemic nutrition challenge

India will provide free food grains to more than 800 million poor people during the COVID-19 lockdown. However, nutrition security is more important than food security in the coronavirus crisis, experts say.

News | 15 April 2020


The silver linings: Working from home in a pandemic

When India announced a national lockdown on 24 March 2020 to fight the novel coronavirus, Vinu Valayil, a techie at Springer Nature Technology and Publishing Services, was on a holiday attending a family wedding in a picturesque Kerala village.

Indigenus | 13 April 2020


Starting a lab amidst a pandemic

Just about to start her own dream laboratory, Poonam Thakur found herself in the middle of a pandemic. She shares her feeling of helplessness as a scientist not trained in any aspect of fighting the coronavirus crisis.

Indigenus | 12 April 2020


How India is attempting to slow the coronavirus

Without enough test kits, the 1.3-billion-person country is using a gigantic surveillance network to trace and quarantine infected people.

News | 12 April 2020


Let's care for our elderly during the coronavirus pandemic

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar around the world, the physical and psycho-social health of our senior citizens warrants urgent attention, now more than ever before, says geriatric psychiatrist Debanjan Banerjee.

Features | 10 April 2020


Coronavirus bane for thousands of poplar trees in Kashmir

News | 8 April 2020


‘Reach & Turn’ Virtual Workshop, World Health Day

Workshop | 7 April 2020


Alcohol-free sanitiser as coronavirus disinfectant

Research Highlights | 6 April 2020;


Ferret chosen as animal model to test coronavirus vaccines

News | 5 April 2020


Webinar | Modelling COVID-19, state of vaccine research

Webinar | 5 April 2020


Young population, chloroquine use no shield for India, Africa against coronavirus

News | 4 April 2020


Nasal drop vaccine candidate for coronavirus from India

News | 3 April 2020


Stigma, distancing in slums may impede India's coronavirus fight

Sharper communication and community engagement will help tackle ethical issues, says bioethicist Anant Bhan.

News | 2 April 2020


Indian scientists wage frontline battle against coronavirus

Finding rapid solutions to protect a dense population will be crucial.

Features | 1 April 2020


Human behaviour biggest uncertainty for coronavirus models

India hasn't gathered enough data to gauge the scale of community transmission, say clinical scientist Gagandeep Kang and virologist Shahid Jameel.

News | 30 March 2020


Webinar | Ethical questions, regional media issues, COVID-19 updates

Webinar | 29 March 2020


Study uncovers routes to vaccine for novel coronavirus

Research Highlights | 28 March 2020


Lack of collaboration slacking India’s coronavirus fight

While some high end science is rapidly emerging out of India’s laboratories, the missing will to come together may hinder breakthroughs around COVID-19, says Shahid Jameel.

Features | 24 March 2020


Webinar | Communicating accurately in a pandemic

Webinar | 24 March 2020


India locks down to arrest coronavirus spread

The world's second most populous country changes its public health strategy in a bid to minimise harm from the pandemic.

News | 24 March 2020


Kashmir valley braces for coronavirus with years of lockdown experience

Poor internet speed and abysmal healthcare facilities are the real threats, people say.

News | 23 March 2020


How COVID-19 is overwhelming our mental health

The spotlight over the death toll or infection rate of a pandemic unfortunately eclipses its massive psycho-social impact.

Features | 18 March 2020


How India can flatten the coronavirus curve fast

As an overcrowded country wages its early battle with COVID-19, two things will matter the most – sprucing up testing facilities and drilling in the social distancing message.

News | 15 March 2020


India reports first COVID-19 death

Emergency response mounted as country suspends visas.

News | 12 March 2020


Fighting the coronavirus misinformation epidemic

Fact-checkers from across Asia are crawling the deep crevices of the internet and closed social media groups to debunk unscientific claims.

News | 23 February 2020


India reports first case of novel coronavirus

News | 30 January 2020