Long COVID in children

Children were thought to be less susceptible to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with the emergence of the omicron variant, many children have been infected by this variant. Recent studies have shown the prevalence of long COVID in kids infected by SARS-CoV-2. Priyal D’almeida talks to Arjun Gargeyas about what long COVID is, its symptoms and what can be done.

Counting COVID’19 deaths in India- The WHO report

A year from the deadly second wave of Covid-19, the WHO has released a report estimating 47.4 lakh excess deaths in India for 2020-21. The government has objected to the estimate, standing by its narrative of 5 lakh Covid deaths. Mihir Mahajan and Suman Joshi discuss the WHO report, how deaths are measured in India, and why it is important to have up to date and accurate data on mortality.

Suggested Readings:

  1. WHO Data
  2. Murad Banaji article discussing objections

Ep. 736: Omicron: Milder or More Lethal for India?

The new COVID-19 variant, Omicron has been in the news since the first case was discovered in November. Despite the rising cases around the world, it is considered mild according to the data from the UK and the US. But, how mild is omicron anyway?

In this episode, Dr. Harshit Kukreja and Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida discuss how variants arise, the burden of the incoming third wave and the public health measures the government can undertake.

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Ep. 713: Omicron: The Harbinger of the third wave?

COVID 19’s latest variant: Omicron, may become the cause of the third wave in India. This could lead to a similar or even greater loss of life than before. In this episode, Harshit Kukreja and Mahek Nankani discuss Omicron, how different it is from Delta, its severity and what can be the possible initial steps for India.

Suggested Readings:

Update on Omicron

Omicron is starting to spread around the world (Article – The Economist)

Ep. 709: India’s COVID-19 Risk Communication Plan

Public health incidents around the world have demonstrated that a well-timed and well-executed risk communication plan can help manage circumstances on the ground in a much better way. However, in unusual circumstances like the existing COVID-19 pandemic, implementing effective communication methods is difficult. In this episode, Mahek Nankani and Apurva Kumar talk about the communication successes and failures of the Union government and discuss the significant lessons we have learned for future crisis management.

Suggested Readings:

Risk Communication Initiatives amid COVID-19 in India: Analyzing Message Effectiveness of Videos on National Television

Risk Communication During COVID-19

Community and Risk Communication: Experience of COVID-19 Communication in India

Ep. 681: The Shadow Pandemic: Impact of COVID-19 on mental health in India

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected our lives in more ways than one. It has impacted our engagement with others and disrupted daily routines. Apart from this, “Fearodemic” or the shadow pandemic has been the biggest trigger for mental health issues during the pandemic. In this episode, Aarthi Ratnam and Apurva Kumar talk about the effects of the pandemic on mental health and recommend some possible policy interventions

Read Aarthi’s article here: Improving India’s record on child mental health


Suggested reading:

COVID-19 and psychological distress: Lessons for India

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Ep. 671: Machine Learning Algorithm for COVID Screening

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI-ML) have been used to detect, diagnose and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. One such approach was used by Greece to screen potential asymptomatic cases entering the country.

This machine-learning system has been described in the latest issue of Journal Nature (Efficient and targeted COVID-19 border testing via reinforcement learning). Priyal D’almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss how the system was employed successfully for screening, the potential challenges of using such technology, and whether India should employ such capabilities in the future.

Ep. 669: A Global Overview of COVID-19 Booster Shots

Concerns over waning immunity and SARS-CoV-2 variants have convinced some countries to deploy booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The World Health Organization has strongly objected to rich states delivering boosters to their vaccinated populations when poor states don’t have enough vaccines for their first dose. The WHO had called for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September. As this moratorium comes to an end, countries have come up with guidelines to administer booster doses. Priyal D’almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the rationale behind booster shots, the guidelines governing them in different countries, and India’s stance.

Ep. 635: Takshashila’s Founders Discuss Post-COVID Inequalities

The socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased inequalities. In this episode, Sarthak talks to Takshahila’s founders – the two N’s, Narayan Ramachandran and Nitin Pai – about the disparities exacerbated by the pandemic and what can be done about it.

Click here to read Nitin’s article on the challenge of post-pandemic inequalities

Ep. 625: Can Genomic Surveillance Tackle COVID Variants?

As the Delta variant spreads, there is fear of new mutations causing further waves of COVID-19. Genomic surveillance is key to identify and contain the spread of these new variants. In this episode, Shambhavi Naik, Ruturaj Gowaikar and Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida discuss India’s genomic surveillance efforts and the ways in which it can increase its capacity to track new variants.

ಕೊರೋನ ತರಂಗೆಯ ಮುಂಜಾಗ್ರತೆ. The Second Wave of COVID-19.

Public health expert Dr Giridhara R Babu talks to host Pavan Srinath about the deadly spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across India in 2021, on Episode 95 of the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IDQ4FDoyvH3GQaKL’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] At the heart of most of public health is human behaviour. Dr Giridhara Babu and Pavan …

ಅಂತರಂಗ ಬಹಿರಂಗ. The Theatrics of Kannada Theatre.

Host Ganesh Chakravarthi speaks to Archana Shyam of Team Antharanga on the world of Theatre in Kannada, Karnataka, and Bengaluru. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IiKIkKH2ZocVLbFR’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ನಮ್ಮ 93ನೇ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅರ್ಚನಾ ಶ್ಯಾಮ್ ಅವರು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾಟಕಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನಾಟಕಮಂದಿರಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವಾರು ನಾಟಕ ಮಂಡಳಿಗಳಿವೆ, ಹಾಗೂ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ವಿಧಾನಗಳಿವೆ. ಈ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅರ್ಚನಾ …

ಕೊರೊನ ಕಾಲದ ಬಜೆಟ್. Karnataka Budget 2021.

Surya Prakash and Pavan Srinath discuss how the Government of Karnataka’s budget has shaped up for 2021.  [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IC9UCPBDbue9nxcb’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರಕಾರದ 2021 ಮುಂಗಡ ಪತ್ರದ ರೂಪು ರೇಷೆ-ಗಳನ್ನು ಸೂರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ರವರು ಚರ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಕೋವಿಡ್ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣವು ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಬಜೆಟ್ ಅನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ರೂಪಿಸಿದೆ, ಹಿಂದಿನ ಬಜೆಟ್ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪಗಳು ಹೇಗೆ ಮುಂದೂಡಲಾಗಿದೆ, ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಅಥವಾ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದರ …

ಭಾರತದ ಬಜೆಟ್ 2021. Budgeting during a Pandemic.

Hosts Surya Prakash and Pavan Srinath dissect the Government of India’s 2021 Budget, the first annual exercise since the COVID-19 pandemic started ravaging the world. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IUVH62C03z8eIEuW’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಸೂರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಭಾರತ ಸರಕಾರದ 2021 ಬಜೆಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪಗಳನ್ನು ಚರ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಕೋವಿಡ್ ಪಿಡುಗು ಜಗತ್ತಿನಾದ್ಯಂತ ತಂದಿರುವ ಹಾನಿಯ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಮುಂಗಡ ಪತ್ರವು ವಿಶೇಷ ಮಹತ್ವ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. …

ಕರೋನ ವ್ಯಾಕ್ಸೀನ್ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ! COVID-19 Vaccines are Coming.

Pavan Srinath talks about the latest news on COVID-19 vaccines, how they were developed, the science of how they work, and the road ahead. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IxOTYI89k5EiBMtk’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ, ಅವುಗಳ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂದಿರುವ ಹಾದಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪಾಡ್‌ಕಾಸ್ಟ್‌ನ …

Fixing Indian Banking’s NPA Problem

Listen to Former RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya talk to host Pavan Srinath on understanding and fixing India’s persistent bank NPA crisis, on Episode 153 of The Pragati Podcast. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/IdbQV7MpIuUZNPOr’ width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] This is the first of two episodes on The Pragati Podcast where Viral Archarya talks about his new book, …

ಕರೋನ ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ. Karnataka & Bengaluru’s Response to COVID-19.

State Technical Advisory Group member Dr. Pradeep Banandur talks about how the state and the city of Bengaluru are managing the COVID-19 pandemic, on Episode 71 of the Thale-Harate Kannada Podcast. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IR7rk6C6cotZno4h’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಗರದ ಆಡಳಿತಗಳು ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯಿಸಿವೆ? ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಸಲಹಾ ಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಸದಸ್ಯರಾದ ಡಾ. ಪ್ರದೀಪ್ …

Science: From Publishing to Communication

Neuroscientist and Science Communicator Shruti Muralidhar talks to host Pavan Srinath about science publishing, and how science communication can be transformed in India, on Episode 145 of The Pragati Podcast. [iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/IOpZJl7ggFJtXxqu’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] 6200+ pre-prints have been published on the biology and medicine of COVID-19, as of early July, 2020. How …

#66 मानसिक आरोग्य और हम

[iframe src=’https://webplayer.adorilabs.com/e/I8vO3GlO1iFF69ZQ’ width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] In this episode, we spoke to Manoj Chandran (@manoj1chandran), CEO of White Swan Foundation — a not-for-profit organisation that offers knowledge services in the area of mental health. Manoj busts many myths about mental health, and illness. Going beyond the clinical aspects, Manoj talks about the role of …