COVID-19 Perspectives

These are trying times and most nations have imposed strict measures to control the spread of COVID 19. The world is at war against an insidious enemy. For many of us this is perhaps one of the most overwhelming world-wide phenomena we have experienced in our lifetimes. We hope in the next few months we will be able to control the spread and perhaps find an antidote that will rid us of the virus forever. But there is no question that we are watching history in the making, that this period will leave a lasting impression and change the world as we see it now. There will be literature, films, poems and songs, philosophy, and science..that will look back at this era in time and give us a greater understanding of this upheaval. Or (perhaps) renewal?

We bring you a compilation of unique viewpoints of laureates and jurors of the Infosys Prize. The authors are world renowned scholars, and leaders in their fields of enquiry and they share perspectives that give meaning to what we all are collectively going through.

Let us not underestimate the pandemic’s economic fallout

livemint

It is good to see India taking early action, even though there is no denying that we should have anticipated the hardship caused to poor workers and migrant labour, and taken preventive step

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This article was commissioned by the Infosys Science Foundation

The Covid uncanny: Sorcery versus our better angels

The Times of India

While it might seem strange to compare the two, the COVID-19 pandemic and the history of sorcery and witchcraft panics, around the world, share some features in common.

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This article was commissioned by the Infosys Science Foundation

Science will help us stop the next pandemic

The Hindu Business Line

Bats can harbor thousands of constantly mutating viruses, while we humans struggle against a few hundred. What if we could understand the mechanisms bats use, coax our own immune systems to use those to beat zoonoses, and turn pandemics into a thing of the past?

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This article was commissioned by the Infosys Science Foundation

Time to revamp entire food production value chain; give some power back to small farmers

The Financial Express

Coronavirus pandemic will raise multiple questions about emerging food, health, and governance structures. It is time to urgently recognise the need for decentralised, diverse, and democratic production systems.

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This article was commissioned by the Infosys Science Foundation

Not enough evidence to indicate Coronavirus has a separate Indian strain

The Hindu

Studying bats is important as that can help us better understand the SARS-family.

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A prescription for action: Nine steps after the next 21 days

The Indian Express

Even if lockdown flattens the curve, COVID-19 will spread. Looking at migrants on the road, let’s expect a mess — and plan for it

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Shutdown has given time to bring in resources, tech

The Economic Times

The lockdown has slowed down the pandemic and has given government time to organise resources and technology to combat it.

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Huge numbers may be pushed into dire poverty or starvation…we need to secure them

Indian Express

The unexpected loss of income and savings can have serious consequences, even if the meals are secured for now; farmers need money to buy seeds and fertilizer for the next planting season; shopkeepers need to decide how they will fill their shelves again.

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