Coronavirus and COVID-19

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

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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