The Covid19 infection and death figures are quite unsettling. Major policy decisions are being taken on the basis of available data and the subsequent projections. But the fundamental question is – is this data reliable? Or is it hacked?
If Covid19 is here to stay, we would need a safety product whose manufacturing is decentralised, raw material available and the cost affordable. This article explores various factors that make a cloth mask suitable and effective.
We do not even know the infective dose of Covid19, yet research community is making assessment about efficacy of various interventions. I think sometimes plain logic serves us better than the boxed approach of science!
While rewriting the Ordinance in plain English, I realised that if government wants, new laws can be enacted within a matter of days. A serious issue not getting ‘lawfully’ addressed is suggestive of unwillingness, not lethargy.
This is the plain English version of The Epidemic Diseases Act which was formulated in 1897 to deal with the outbreak of bubonic plague in Bombay. Since then the Act has been occasionally deployed to control outbreaks of various diseases.
The economic impact of Covid19 would be immense. But if were to talk about Uttarakhand, it seems the damage is already done. Thankfully some doors are still open. Proactive measures by government and civil society can still save the day.
Many papers have been written on the topic of bio-aerosols and there seems to a general agreement about the airborne transmission of Covid19. We need to deconstruct various facets of this reality to come up with viable solutions.
Cloth masks as one of the possible solutions for stopping or slowing down the transmission of Covid19 sounds pretty logical. Looking at the magnitude of the problem, it comes across as a solution too simple to be true.
Present day statistics as well as historical data clearly suggest that the threat of Covid19 will eventually end one day. The human race is here to stay. But what is not known is the price that Covid19 will extract from humanity.