Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19
Press Release: 29 June 2020!
ISRC launches a new series of educational resources for students and teachers. A repository of models and differing perspectives on impact of lockdown presented as authored articles. INDSCI-SIM model is used to analyze the data for Chennai city, while Daily Dashboard presents data on how infections are spreading in different parts of the country. New updates on mental health focusing on psychological effects of isolation during COVID-19, as well as Ask-a-scientist call-in sessions in Indian languages and Sunday Webinars.
Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19 (ISRC) is a voluntary group of concerned scientist citizens of India who have come together in this time of crisis to discuss the rapidly evolving situation with its dire need for science communication. The scientific community has a social and democratic responsibility in the current situation, both in terms of analysing the situation and reaching out to the public. While governmental bodies make their decisions and professional scientific academies take principled stands, there is a need for individuals in the scientific community to also help individually and collectively.
Our response is structured into the following categories:
For the public:
- Busting hoaxes: A number of fake claims do the rounds; we evaluate the evidence and debunk the fake ones.
- Popularization resources: Explaining the science underlying this phenomenon, accessible to the general public.
- Public Statements from ISRC and other Peoples’ movements
- Resources in Indian Languages
For scientists and healthcare professionals:
- Mathematical Modelling and Data Analysis
- Apps and Technology in the time of Corona
- Hardware (masks, ventilators, etc)
- Learning from global experiences
On Physical vs Social Distancing
We recommend using the phrase “physical distancing” or, if context demands, then “physical distancing together with social solidarity” instead of “social distancing”. This change arises from the understanding that in the context of the novel coronavirus infection, what is important is physical distancing, i.e., lesser direct or indirect physical contact to reduce the spread of the virus. On the other hand, in this moment of catastrophe, social solidarity is extremely important. The phrase social distancing is at best misleading and at worst reinforcing already existing social distancing and stigmatization that is embedded in our society.
We seek your active support for this endeavour in this hour of need. Please join our Google group to contribute to the efforts.
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This website/group is not a forum for medical advice, and definitely no unverified claims will be entertained. All analysis is based on the current available scientific evidence. Given the constantly evolving situation we will make updates/corrections whenever they come to our notice.