Hello and welcome to The Moving Curve. I’m Rukmini, a data journalist based in Chennai. Every night on this mini-cast, I consider one question around the novel coronavirus epidemic in India. Tonight I’m asking this question — where does covid fit into India’s disease landscape?
My article for Mint on this: https://www.livemint.com/news/india/how-covid-19-compares-against-other-killer-diseases-in-india-11588675423214.html
The 2019 National Health Profile is here: http://www.cbhidghs.nic.in/showfile.php?lid=1147
Some research on the ‘real’ or infection fatality rate:
- Santa Clara, US: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.14.20062463v2
- Denmark: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075291v1.full.pdf
- Research round-up: https://medium.com/@gidmk/what-is-the-infection-fatality-rate-of-covid-19-7f58f7c90410
Data source for TB: https://tbcindia.gov.in/index1.php?lang=1&level=2&sublinkid=5358&lid=3450
The Global Burden of Disease initiative is here: http://www.healthdata.org/gbd
These numbers neither diminish nor magnify the seriousness of the novel coronavirus epidemic. To me, they help form a slot in which to place the disease for now, a slot whose changes it will be interesting to track as time passes and it becomes endemic.
Thank you for listening. This episode was edited by Anand Krishnamoorthi. Tomorrow — a new question.