All stories by VAIHAYASI PANDE DANIEL
'COVID-19: 'We are in this for years'Rediff.com29 Sep 2020
'Vigilance is the enemy of the virus.' 'We need to be alert all the time, about this, until we fully understand it.' 'And that's going to take years, actually.'
Only 0.33 per cent Indians have had COVID-19Rediff.com22 Sep 2020
'It might get worse. We don't really know what is it that is resulting in the high value of R now.'
India's COVID-19 case surge not 'unexpected'Rediff.com15 Sep 2020
'There will be increases.' 'There is bound to be, but you have to bear with all this.' 'The focus should be to provide optimum care for those who are in the need.' 'We should focus more on care, better care. Not on testing.'
How to protect yourself from COVID-19Rediff.com7 Sep 2020
'The social distancing vaccine.' 'And the mask vaccine.' 'If you adhere to these two vaccines and go and meet people in a well-ventilated room -- not in an enclosed, non-ventilated, room -- you are probably going to be okay.'
COVID-19: 'Seek treatment early'Rediff.com7 Sep 2020
Until we have these (kinds of) patients come down in numbers, the fear, the mortality is always going to be there
COVID-19: 'Good behaviour will reduce deaths'Rediff.com27 Aug 2020
'We cannot be naughty and expect the government to do good!' 'We have to behave ourselves and then we can expect the government to support us.' 'If we are able to protect ourselves well, then we should not be having deaths.' 'Unfortunately, people have gotten into this super scary event participation (mode) -- birthday parties, large gatherings.' 'Among the people who have attended those, 80 to 90 per cent of them have come down with COVID-19.'
What I learnt from fighting COVID-19Rediff.com24 Aug 2020
'The genetic thing is not in your control. The virulence is not known.' 'The only thing is if you can avoid it.' 'Once you get COVID-19, none of it is in your control.'
Are 99% going to recover from COVID-19?Rediff.com21 Aug 2020
'Every disease has traits and we have found out that actually 99 per cent of people who have got COVID-19, should recover.'
Is COVID-19 like a thief in the night?Rediff.com17 Aug 2020
'COVID-19 comes in, we have our immune response, the immune response overtakes COVID-19 in no time, usually within a day.' 'Fortunately, the majority who get infected will also be in that first category , where there is no damage and the virus is completely overcome.'
'This government has tamed everyone'Rediff.com13 Aug 2020
'They (the government) want to tame everything.' 'The entire systems they are trying to change.'
'If everyone wore a face mask, this thing will be gone tomorrow!'Rediff.com22 Jul 2020
'The majority of the spread is by people coughing, or sneezing or talking loudly, in a very short distance, two metres from one another, and a mask will prevent that sort of transmission.'
Can COVID-19 live in your fridge?Rediff.com22 Jul 2020
'The majority of transmission will be via people who are within two metres of one another.' 'The closer you are, the more likely that you'll be infected.'
DON'T be SCARED to take a COVID-19 test!Rediff.com15 Jul 2020
'People are sick at home and think that they might have COVID-19, but will not want to go and get themselves tested'.
If COVID-19 is airborne, this is what you MUST do!Rediff.com8 Jul 2020
'If it is airborne -- and we don't know till what distance it can be airborne -- then the mask becomes a definite.' 'Just social distance is not enough.' 'You need a mask in addition to social distance.'
COVID-19: Why are so many young people dying?Rediff.com8 Jul 2020
'We started analysing young patients and realised that they had causes like undetected diabetes, which suddenly flares up during COVID-19.' 'Secondly, hypothyroidism was one of the factors.' 'And obesity.'
How to protect yourself from COVID-19Rediff.com6 Jul 2020
'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'Rediff.com1 Jul 2020
'We have to be really careful about the unlocking of the city.'
COVID-19: 'We are lucky it came later to India'Rediff.com29 Jun 2020
'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'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'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).'