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Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Editorial Director Vaihayasi Pande Daniel has reported on news, business, travel and lifestyle for 30 years.
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How to protect yourself from COVID-19

How to protect yourself from COVID-19

Rediff.com14 hours ago

'The most important pillars of disease prevention remain masking, hand/cough etiquette and physical distancing.'

COVID-19: 'Mumbai's numbers are an under-estimate of the real numbers'

COVID-19: 'Mumbai's numbers are an under-estimate of the real numbers'

Rediff.com5 days ago

'We have to be really careful about the unlocking of the city.'

COVID-19: 'We are lucky it came later to India'

COVID-19: 'We are lucky it came later to India'

Rediff.com7 days ago

'People are getting admitted to hospital two to three days before their death in a very serious respiratory compromise state and they are passing away within 48 hours.' 'Those who are coming early in the disease, the minute they are suspicious that they have COVID-19, the recovery rate has been much, much, higher.' 'The moral of the story is: We must destigmatise COVID-19.' 'People should be told: 'Look, if you have anything like this, please come immediately'.'

'Maximum number of cases per day around mid-July'

'Maximum number of cases per day around mid-July'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'It will only get worse, definitely, for the next month and one-and-a-half months.'

'The virus can't survive infinitely'

'The virus can't survive infinitely'

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'When the virus, in a way, tires itself out, because it is not finding any more people to attack or keep itself viable, that is when the peak actually has been reached and you are on the downward limb (of the curve).'

India's COVID-19 Crisis May Get Worse

India's COVID-19 Crisis May Get Worse

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

'As people have moved from cities to small towns and villages, they have carried the infection into new territories.' 'Poor healthcare infrastructure in these places should be a big worry in the days to come.'

Worried about the virus coming home?

Worried about the virus coming home?

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

Wonder how you sanitise your groceries and deliveries and keep yourself and your family safe from the coronavirus?

'COVID-19 vaccine will be made in India'

'COVID-19 vaccine will be made in India'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'I can say with confidence that any future SARS-CoV-2 vaccine, developed anywhere in the world, would have to be manufactured in India, if it is to be affordable and of high quality.'

'My biggest worry is electricity'

'My biggest worry is electricity'

Rediff.com6 Jun 2020

'The worst affected is the electricity supply. A huge number of poles, some 6,000 to 8,000 poles have been damaged completely. That will take a lot of time for restoration.'

Mumbai's Tireless COVID-19 Warrior

Mumbai's Tireless COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'These are challenging times and we get energised by that.' 'I don't feel that 'I am tired now and I should relax', because even if someone calls us at 12 o'clock I have to answer his call.'

'Sab bhagwan ke haath mein hai'

'Sab bhagwan ke haath mein hai'

Rediff.com2 Jun 2020

'Our Lockdown Life has a sort of schizophrenic, Dr-Jekyll-and-Mr-Hyde personality about it,' says Vaihayasi Pande Daniel.

Smoking increases your coronavirus risk

Smoking increases your coronavirus risk

Rediff.com30 May 2020

'Smokers are a highly susceptible population during this pandemic.' 'Health benefits from quitting smoking can start as early as within an hour.'

Revealed: What Uddhav told Mumbai doctors

Revealed: What Uddhav told Mumbai doctors

Rediff.com26 May 2020

'Cases are increasing, day by day, because testing has increased.'

'We are very close to the peak in Mumbai'

'We are very close to the peak in Mumbai'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'There is just one silver lining: The fatality rate has gone down.'

'Don't get worried if you have tested positive'

'Don't get worried if you have tested positive'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'It is not the test, but the symptomatic phase in this disease that really matters.'

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee is a COVID-19 warrior

Miss England Dr Bhasha Mukherjee is a COVID-19 warrior

Rediff.com23 May 2020

'All of our lives are going to be changed in a permanent way...' 'We just have to ride out the tide right now and we will see a rainbow at the end of this.'

'COVID-19 will be a year-long struggle'

'COVID-19 will be a year-long struggle'

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'Predictions are that numbers will continue to rise till May end and maybe in the first half of June will be our peak.'

COVID-19: The threat from people with no symptoms

COVID-19: The threat from people with no symptoms

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'Testing is a very good strategy if only symptomatic people are transmitting the disease.' 'Here asymptomatic people, with minimum, trivial symptoms, are transmitting too.' 'Testing, treating, tracing contacts and quarantining them -- yes, it will work up to a certain extent.' 'But more important is physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and cocooning, protecting with reverse quarantining the most vulnerable people, senior citizens, people with other major medical problems.' 'To me, that makes much more sense.'

'We should get our hospitals ready for the second wave'

'We should get our hospitals ready for the second wave'

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'Strengthen hospital capacity, look after patients who need care, primarily ICU care...' 'Train doctors, get PPE, get ventilators, have treatment protocols in place.'

When will this pandemic end?

When will this pandemic end?

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'It will take time.' 'It will take time.'

What you must know about Mumbai's COVID-19 deaths

What you must know about Mumbai's COVID-19 deaths

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'65 per cent were males.' 'Age group of deaths: More were seen from age 51 to 70.' 'Saw some deaths from age 21 to the 40s.' 'About 76 to 77 per cent of patient deaths had some kind of a comorbidity.' 'The main comorbidities were the presence of diabetes, hypertension, some kind of heart diseases.'

'Numbers will continue to rise in Mumbai till May end'

'Numbers will continue to rise in Mumbai till May end'

Rediff.com8 May 2020

'In Mumbai the mortality rate was reaching a percentage of almost 8 plus in about April.' 'But now over last one month, we have come down.' 'We have drastically controlled mortality.' 'We are now about 3.9.'

'We will see a decline trend in Mumbai in 2 weeks'

'We will see a decline trend in Mumbai in 2 weeks'

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'Corona will go on for more than six months now in Mumbai city.' 'It cannot vanish within just two or three months.' 'This infection may remain there in communities, somewhere or the other, like swine flu.'

How a Mumbai hospital deals with the city's COVID-19 crisis

How a Mumbai hospital deals with the city's COVID-19 crisis

Rediff.com7 May 2020

'Most of the cases in Mumbai are asymptomatic -- 85 per cent you can say.' 'Only 10 to 15 per cent are symptomatic.'

If there are 70,000 cases in May...Mumbai is ready

If there are 70,000 cases in May...Mumbai is ready

Rediff.com2 May 2020

'Our preparation is based on ICMR projections, whatever preparations we have to make.' 'If they project around 70,000 is the maximum number of hospital cases by mid-May or May 30, we are preparing accordingly -- how many people will need hospitalisation.'

'Detect every probable COVID-19 case'

'Detect every probable COVID-19 case'

Rediff.com26 Apr 2020

'If done well, the containment measures can help minimise the impact of the epidemic.'

Why an American town honoured this desi COVID-19 warrior

Why an American town honoured this desi COVID-19 warrior

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

More than 90 police cars, fire brigade engines and other city government vehicles saluted Dr Uma Rani Madhusudana for her non-stop, tirelessly devoted work in the care of COVID-19 patients at a hospital over 8 difficult and dangerous days.

8 Mumbai measures to defeat coronavirus

8 Mumbai measures to defeat coronavirus

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

'I am proud of Maharashtra and the city of Mumbai, that this is a state which has done more number of tests than any state in India.' 'The more you test, the more number of cases you will pick up.' 'If you do not do the tests, then you are groping in the dark.'

Don't worry, says Maharashtra task force chief

Don't worry, says Maharashtra task force chief

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

'I would like to reassure the general populace that your government, both Centre and state and the city councils are working at an accelerated pace.'

How Mumbai has taken on the COVID-19 challenge

How Mumbai has taken on the COVID-19 challenge

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

'Mumbai is testing a lot compared to a lot of other places in the country.' 'Now that we exactly know where the hotspots are, and they've been converted into containment zones, there is a lot of testing, going on, from door to door and symptom screening.' 'In the last 10 to 15 days we have definitely done a good job.'

'When lockdown ends, we may see a surge in cases'

'When lockdown ends, we may see a surge in cases'

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

'We hope that people are aware that even after the lockdown, we will have to follow a lot of things that we were following during the lockdown.' 'Don't get out for non-essential things.' 'Don't gather together for parties, religious events or at religious places.' 'Ensure social distancing at work and otherwise.' 'You know, in India, it is not uncommon for people with a cough and a cold to go to work.' 'We really want people to understand that if you have a cough, cold, fever, just stay at home.' 'Don't get back to work or don't get back to school.'

'When you test and identify, your ability to enforce quarantine is much better'

'When you test and identify, your ability to enforce quarantine is much better'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'Kerala is probably the only state, where (with regard to) the clinical management and the overall protocols, we have an infectious disease team heading the whole containment plan.'

'Cases will be around for 6 to 9 months'

'Cases will be around for 6 to 9 months'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'The only idea -- the only idea -- of the shutdown was to buy time.'

India may need a 49-day lockdown

India may need a 49-day lockdown

Rediff.com9 Apr 2020

'We will need more than 21 days of lockdown for sure.'

Why Mumbai has scary coronavirus figures

Why Mumbai has scary coronavirus figures

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'It is a bigger challenge for Mumbai because we have a dense population and people are staying in very, very small rooms.' 'So even if there is one case, then it can spread to you know, four or five people are staying together.'

Coronavirus: Are you anxious, worried? Read this!

Coronavirus: Are you anxious, worried? Read this!

Rediff.com30 Mar 2020

'Restrict the amount of time you spend on social media.' 'We have people who are glued to it from morning to night, which is certainly not what we recommend.' 'And do not take the stuff that you read on WhatsApp as sacrosanct.' 'A lot of it is absolutely nonsense.'

'There will be a drastic drop with the lockdown'

'There will be a drastic drop with the lockdown'

Rediff.com27 Mar 2020

'Without it, it is going to be much, much, much, much worse.' 'In the meantime, we really need to work on a sort of war footing, given that it is a natural disaster, provide relief, provide essentials, till we get biological herd immunity, we need to get economic immunity, and also social immunity.'

'How can there be social distancing in slums?'

'How can there be social distancing in slums?'

Rediff.com24 Mar 2020

About 9 million people in Mumbai live in areas where homes are hardly two metres apart. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com reports on the lurking dangers in the city's slums in the times of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Why next 2 weeks are crucial

Coronavirus: Why next 2 weeks are crucial

Rediff.com21 Mar 2020

What you need to know about the coronavirus.

'Only get out of home for essential things'

'Only get out of home for essential things'

Rediff.com19 Mar 2020

'Even after this epidemic gets over, we know that there are going to be months of effects on the economy and poverty.' 'A lot of things are catastrophic for people from the lower socio-economic classes.' 'Social distancing is going to start killing their day-to-day wages.' 'We are not even measuring that impact.'

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