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.
The Weekly Dose: The carnage inside a COVID care centre, in a frontline doctor’s words
We are fighting this war with weapons that cannot help us win.
The Weekly Dose: What it feels like inside anti-COVID protective gear
You’ve entered a room without doors or windows that is just a few millimetres bigger than your body in every dimension; a coffin of stiff plastic moulded around you. Your body cannot breathe, and neither can you.
The Weekly Dose: The great Corona cover-up
People are dying across India during the lockdown, and not from COVID-19. Mrigank Warrier reminds us to think about people who need medicines and medical assistance for serious conditions, and those who are living precarious uncertain lives.
The Weekly Dose: Corona is a colonial power that divides and rules
The tides of such histories have been turned by the concerted action of the colonised coming together as one. But corona’s armour of invincibility is forged on the basis of the fact that to survive it, we must stay apart. Divided we stand, united we fall.