COVID-19: What science tells us about ‘Indian immunity’

A majority of us are conditioned to believe that better immunity will shield us against COVID-19. This is dangerous

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It’s not called “novel” without reason.

In the four months since it surfaced, the newest addition to the coronavirus family—which ranges from some varieties of the common cold to the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS—continues to gobsmack. The latest discovery about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is that it can cause a loss of smell and taste. We learnt, prior, that silent or asymptomatic transmission is a threat. And that it, unlike its family members, affects the windpipe …


Roshni P. Nair

Roshni is a features writer and former editor of The Morning Context's Chaos team. Her career spans The Ken, Reuters, the Hindustan Times and DNA. She is a recipient of the UNFPA Laadli award and was shortlisted for the RedInk Awards 2016 for her story on Mumbai’s leprosy colonies. Her far-flung ideas would sometimes drive our editor-in-chief Ashish up the wall, but he wouldn’t have had it any other way (even if he didn’t admit it).