India Alliance COVID-19 Resource Hub
07 Apr 2020
The world is battling one of the toughest health crises in recent history – coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared it a ‘Pandemic’. In the past few weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases reported in India have risen significantly. It is important to take preventive measures, as individuals and communities to protect ourselves and educate others to reduce the spread of this infection.
At India Alliance, we believe in enabling and enhancing public’s access to and engagement with science. In line with this belief, we are creating this hub of resources about COVID-19 developed by India Alliance and its grantees. This is, by no means, an exhaustive collection of resources, and while we work to continuously update this, we also encourage you to remain abreast with latest developments communicated by World Health Organization and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
Infographics developed by India Alliance on the new coronavirus and COVID-19 preventive measures
The novel coronavirus spreads much faster than seasonal flu, mainly through close contact with a person having COVID-19. Since infected persons may remain asymptomatic initially, the two tools at our disposal are observing physical distancing and washing hands frequently with soap and water.
How do these help reduce the spread of COVID-19? Let us learn and educate through these infographics by India Alliance!
This infographic explains the science behind usefulness of physical distancing in reducing the spread of COVID-19. It has been translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Assamese, Urdu, Kannada and Oriya. Find these translations HERE.
This infographic explains the science behind usefulness of washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, in reducing the spread of COVID-19. It has been translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Assamese, Gujarati, Nepalese, Bhojpuri, Kannada, Haryanvi, Urdu and Oriya. Find these translations HERE.
This infographic illustrates the origins of the novel coronavirus, how it may have come in contact with humans, and basic preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It has been translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Haryanvi, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepalese, Oriya and Urdu. Find these translations HERE.
This infographic explains some facts underlining the ecological importance of bats, in view of rumours about them floating around during COVID-19. It has been translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Haryanvi and Telugu. Find these translations HERE.
Webinar on COVID19: Ask The Experts
With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, we are also witnessing an 'infodemic' - spread of misinformation and fear. In such times, the role of journalists, media professionals, community reporters and science and health communicators assumes immense importance. India Alliance, THSTI (Faridabad), IAVI and Nature India have partnered to bring together a series of webinars where experts answer questions about COVID-19. The topics that we've been talking about range from vaccines to virology to ethics of reporting and more. So far, we have conducted three webinars in this series and are planning for more to come.
In Part 1 of this webinar series, Gagandeep Kang, Director, THSTI, Faridabad and Shahid Jameel, CEO, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance were on board as our experts to bust myths on the new coronavirus and share latest scientific and health-related information on COVID-19. To find out more about what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE. Read edited excerpts from the webinar HERE.
In Part 2 of this webinar series, Shahid Jameel and Anant Bhan, Bioethics and Global Health expert, answered questions on virology and bioethics. To know what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE. Read edited excerpts from the webinar HERE and HERE.
In Part 3 of this webinar series, Gagandeep Kang and Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University, Sonipat, answered questions on virology of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 prediction models, vaccine R&D, research opportunities and bioethics. To know what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE.
In Part 5 of this webinar series, Yogesh Kalkonde, Gautam Bhan and Divya Varma discussed the impact of COVID-19 on those on the fringes of healthcare. To learn about the urban and rural perspectives that they brought together, watch the webinar HERE.
In Part 6 of this webinar series, Gagandeep Kang, Director, Shahid Jameel and Jacob John helped us revisit the basics - the research progress on COVID-19 and future course of the pandemic. To find out what they talked about, watch the webinar HERE. Read the excerpts from the webinar in Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE.
Our experts answer pressing questions of the participants after the webinar too! Read their responses to FAQs on topics discussed in these webinars HERE.
COVID-19 resources by India Alliance fellows
Tavpritesh Sethi and his team at IIIT Delhi has developed an android application WashKaro to share information on good hygiene and sanitation practices and a webpage &consortium to raise awareness on COVID-19. To learn more about their app, and to connect and collaborate on Covid-19 awareness-raising, visit their website.
Prashanth NS, Giridhara R Babu, Yogeshwar Kalkonde and Pragati Hebbar, along with others, have compiled a COVID-19 preparedness checklist for primary healthcare providers in rural and community health settings. View the checklist HERE.
Upendra Bhojani has contributed to setting up of a resource page as a part of IPH, Bengaluru's efforts to help fight COVID-19. This page contains resources developed by IPH, Bengaluru as well as directs people to relevant information from authentic sources. View the page HERE.
Shantala Hegde has contributed to the Hindi and Punjabi versions of a handwashing song, as a part of an international project composing a song to accompany WHO steps for handwashing. Listen to the song in 28 languages from around the world HERE.
Articles/Media by India Alliance and its Grantees
Like SARS and MERS, India may escape Coronavirus, but we need to invest, build capacity and be ready. Shahid Jameel, 15 February 2020, The Indian Express.
When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready? Shahid Jameel, 22 March 2020, The Hindu.
Lack of collaboration slacking India’s coronavirus fight. Shahid Jameel, 24 March 2020, Nature India.
Coronavirus: From conspiracy theories to community transmission, two Indian experts answer questions. Edited excerpts from Webinar on COVID19: Ask The Experts - Part I, 30 March 2020, Scroll.in
Use epidemiology as a tool to fight COVID-19. Giridhara Babu & Tarun Bhatnagar, 31 March 2020, Hindustan Times.
India's Response to COVID19. Taslimarif Saiyed, Shahid Jameel & Rudra Chaudhuri, 1 April 2020, Carnegie India.
Stigma, distancing in slums may impede India's coronavirus fight. Edited excerpts from Webinar on COVID19: Ask The Experts - Part II, 2 April 2020, Nature India.
Coronavirus pandemic highlights key need for science and partnerships. Shahid Jameel, 2 April 2020, The Telegraph.
Young population, chloroquine use no shield for India, Africa against coronavirus. Edited excerpts from Webinar on COVID19: Ask The Experts - Part II, 4 April 2020, Nature India.
[Commentary] In the post-COVID world, health security must be a matter of national security. Shahid Jameel, 8 April 2020, Mongabay India.
A New Bug on the Block: a COVID-19 resource for undergraduate students. Shahid Jameel, Resonance (April 2020).
Compendium of RT-PCR Protocols for Research Laboratories testing SARS-nCoV-2 (for research use only). 10 April 2020. CSIR-IGIB, New Delhi
Psychosocial advisory in Kannada. Shantala Hegde, for Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, 11 April 2020.
Starting a lab amidst a pandemic. Poonam Thakur, Nature India, 12 April 2020.
Opinion | In India, COVID-19 Pandemic Has Painfully Laid Bare Our Societal Faultlines. Shahid Jameel, Outlook India.
Creating a rural COVID19 checklist (detailed coverage of IA fellows' efforts) Fountain Ink, 20 April 2020.
What will it take for India to come out of lockdown? With Dr Giridhara Babu. Express Podcasts by The Indian Express, 19 April 2020.
On war metaphors, communicating uncertainty, avoiding stimatizing language during COVID19. Edited excerpts from Webinar on COVID19: Ask The Experts - Part IV, 23 April 2020
Webinar 'How muddled science drives misinformation'. Shahid Jameel, Mukunth Vasudevan and Shruti Muralidhar. ProtoCALL, 23 April 2020. Read key quotes from the webinar HERE.
What can we learn from the genomes of the novel coronavirus? Chitra Pattabiraman, covidgyan.in
What is the rapid antibody blood test for COVID-19? Shahid Jameel, Fit (The Quint), 28 April 2020.
Q&A on COVID-19 with Dr Prashanth NS. Shaamil Artists collective, 30 April 2020.
Going Viral: Ajit Lalvani in Conversation with Roger Highfield. Brave New World series by Jaipur Literature Festival. 3 May 2020
Understanding disease and shaping public health policy in a time of pandemic. Erfan Ibrahim, Shahid Jameel. Observer Research Foundation - Issue Brief, 8 May 2020.
Find out about the preventive measures taken by India Alliance to ensure the health and well-being of its staff, service partners, and visitors HERE.
Banner image credit: Richa Kedia