The Weekly Dose: A Money Bags Buying Seats degree
When a team of public health surveyors visited each of its eight government-run Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) recently, they did not find a single doctor on the rolls. To combat this paucity of doctors in public health centres, the Haryana Government has issued a notification making it mandatory for all medical students in state-run medical colleges to pay the state ten lakh rupees for every year of their MBBS course (minus the annual course fees).
The Weekly Dose: These were just some of my favourite things
I simply remember my favourite things, until they are back some day.
The Weekly Dose: Your very own expert guide on what to do if you have Covid symptoms
Delay testing. Wait until your house-help of thirty years is running from pillar to influential post for an ICU bed (Plenty and more are available; the media is hyping things up as usual). If your octogenarian aunt - whom you surprised on her birthday last week - suddenly gasps and passes away, shake your head in saddened disbelief and say: “But she was so healthy for her age”.
The Weekly Dose: A UNESCO-certified guide on how to avoid corona
Mrigank Warrier's latest satirical column invites you to "Be atmanirbhar - why rely on the Chinese to give us a deadly virus when we can congregate in large groups and give it to one another instead?".
The Weekly Dose: Before you take a COVID antibody test, read this
You can have antibodies and still spread the disease, and antibodies do not prevent your skin from transferring the virus from surface to surface and person to person.
The Weekly Dose: 150 years ago, hand washing saved lives
Dr Ignaz Semmelweis, a 28-year-old Hungarian who was appointed as the First Assistant at the First Division made it his mission to understand what was causing the deaths of too many new mothers in the care of the First Division. What he found is relevant even a century-and-a-half later, and is still saving lives.
The Weekly Dose: Lockdown 37.0
These personal lockdowns will have to be auto-extended until we are all vaccinated, or our self-restraint and willpower are exhausted, whichever comes first. We ourselves will formulate each set of new lockdown rules, based on our cravings, weaknesses and loneliness, but hopefully, also on science, logic and common sense.
The Weekly Dose: Let them eat cake
To allow 1.3 billion people to bumble on without a plan is not a plan. ‘Let’s see what happens’ is not a strategy. ‘Wait and watch’ is not an option. We are restless, irritated, bad at following orders and itching to get back to life as we knew it; not intervening in time will see each of one us lose at least one loved one to the virus. And if this is going to happen, we need to be prepared for it.
The Weekly Dose: M for Medicine, M for Morale
At the back of their minds, frontline workers have understood and accepted that sooner rather than later, due to the sheer frequency and volume of their exposure to COVID-19, every one of them will contract the infection. Their bravado has led them to be compared to soldiers; this needs to stop. Soldiers are trained for combat; none of the doctors and nurses working right now have been trained to deal with a pandemic.