Tag - COVID-19

The rise of TB in India

The COVID -19 pandemic has caused an increase in Tuberculosis disease burden. In this episode, Dr. Harshit Kukreja and Priyal D’Almeida discuss TB, COVID-19 and much more.

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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.

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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...

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Ep. 781: ‘Trials’ and tribulations of Covid-19 vaccine for kids

With India approving a 4th Covid-19 vaccine for children, Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar talk about the challenges involved with clinical trials in children.

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Clinical trials in children

Interim statement on COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents

COVID-19 vaccine trials with children: ethics pointers

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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)...

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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...

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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

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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.

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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=’; 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...

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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=’; 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...

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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=’; width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಸೂರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಭಾರತ ಸರಕಾರದ 2021 ಬಜೆಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿರುವ...

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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=’; width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿ ಅವರು ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ...

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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=’; width=’100%’ height=’600′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] This is the first of two episodes on The Pragati Podcast...

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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=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮತ್ತು ನಗರದ ಆಡಳಿತಗಳು ಕೋವಿಡ್...

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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=’; width=’100%’ height=’304′ frameborder=’0′ scrolling=’no’ allow=’autoplay’] 6200+ pre-prints have been...

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