The Immune System Goes Viral

A look at the human body’s sophisticated immune response to viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and why its defences are sometimes breached   A couple of weeks ago, 53-year old Prakash (not his real name) started complaining of shortness of breath. Not long after, he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the new infectious disease that has paralyzed the […]

Tracking the Scourge: Diagnostics, Testing and Vaccines for COVID-19

An in-depth look into biological tools and techniques being developed at IISc in the fight against COVID-19   As the country went into lockdown in March 2020, researchers at IISc turned their focus to joining the fight against the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2. This article delves deep into ongoing research in diagnosing and testing for […]

Engineering Our Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis

Research teams at IISc have been focusing on low-cost, scalable engineering solutions to back up a stressed healthcare system   Early on during the global spread of COVID-19, from the experiences of countries like Spain and Italy, it was clear that healthcare systems would be under pressure. Severe symptoms in COVID-19 patients include difficulty in […]

Tech That, COVID-19

IISc researchers and industry partners have developed software tools driven by AI that can complement the healthcare system in fighting COVID-19   The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease we know as COVID-19, has kept us occupied through the first half of 2020. It is the first pandemic in a hundred years, affecting nearly every […]

Understanding COVID-19 Through the Lens of the Social Sciences

COVID-19 has brought upon us an extraordinary situation, throwing our lives into tumult. While the crisis is largely being reported and understood from the biological and epidemiological viewpoints, we tend to sideline the fact that it is essentially a watershed moment in human history. Connect spoke to scholars from the social sciences and humanities about […]