Reopening schools – a societal imperative

A pandemic, as its name suggests, is an epidemic that is everywhere. It affects countries all over the world and many communities. And while we all have our individual part to play — be it by adhering to social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands frequently and well, avoiding crowds and closed spaces as much asContinue reading “Reopening schools – a societal imperative”

Clarifying the WHO’s comments on asymptomatic transmission

On Monday, a WHO official, Dr Maria van Kerkhove, said in a statement that asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 was “very rare.” Subsequent media reports added to the confusion. CNBC opened a story on this stating that “Coronavirus patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Monday, casting doubtContinue reading “Clarifying the WHO’s comments on asymptomatic transmission”

Testing for COVID-19 after protests

[Update: This Perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine on False Negative Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Infection — Challenges and Implications was just published on June 5 2020, which adds a good perspective on this discussion. Dr Carlos del Rio, Emory University, commented on Twitter: “A very good perspective in @NEJM but it unfortunately failsContinue reading “Testing for COVID-19 after protests”