The Moving Curve: Episode 14

Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist, and every night I consider one big question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m thinking about this one: do we know enough, even now, about how the virus spreads to keep ourselves safe?

The New England Journal of Medicine study is here: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973

Here’s Carolyn Machamer, a professor of cell biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine putting the surface transmission data in perspective: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/20/sars-cov-2-survive-on-surfaces/

Here’s Dr Amith Viswanath writing for Scroll on faeco-oral transmission: https://scroll.in/article/957306/explainer-what-does-the-data-tell-us-about-coronavirus-being-spread-through-human-waste

The WHO’s assessment on airborne transmission: https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/modes-of-transmission-of-virus-causing-covid-19-implications-for-ipc-precaution-recommendations

The press briefing by the ICMR’s Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQDqY5zpkbA

Right now it feels a bit like grown-ups talking among themselves and when the kid asks what they’re on about, the kid is told — go to your room. Alright, those of us who can will stay at home — but we’d like some of this information too.

Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. Tomorrow — a new question.

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I am a data journalist based in Chennai, India.

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