This page presents a collection of COVID-19 related resources. This includes commentary on the COVID-19 data analyzed by ICTS scientists, COVID-19 related advisory to ICTS members as well as links to useful online material.

 

This page provides information on ICTS campus responses to COVID-19, coordinated by the medical centre and the ICTS management.

 

This website serves as a hub to bring together a collection of resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources are generated by public supported research institutions in India and associated programs. The content presented here relies on the best available scientific understanding of the disease and its transmission. ICTS members as part of TIFR, are playing an active role in this initiative.

 

A data driven analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic in different countries (including India), prepared by ICTS members and collaborators.
  • Authors: Arghya Das, Abhishek Dhar, Srashti Goyal, Jitendra Kethepalli, Kanaya Malakar, and Sriram Shastry

 

Indian Scientists’ Response to CoViD-19 (ISRC) is a voluntary group of concerned scientist citizens of the country who have come together in this time of crisis to provide scientific communication about diverse aspects the rapidly evolving situation. More details can be found at https://indscicov.in.

 


Articles

In a recent paper, it is shown how the transmission dynamics of highly contagious respiratory diseases like COVID-19 (through coughing/sneezing) may be studied by using ideas of fluid dynamics and detailed numerical simulations.
  • Authors:
    S. Diwan, S. Ravichandran, R. Govindarajan, and R. Narasimha.
 
In this latest preprint, Das, Dhar, Goyal, and Kundu, perform detailed analysis of an extended SEIR model with an emphasis on the different intervention strategies. Their findings, while generic in nature, are also adapted and interpreted in the Indian context.
  • Authors:
    Arghya Das, Abhishek Dhar, Srashti Goyal, and Anupam Kundu.
 
A working report by the IISc-TIFR Covid-19 City-Scale Simulation Team with special focus on Bengaluru and Mumbai.
 
Ananya Dasgupta interviews Gautam Menon on different aspects of this pandemic.
 
This interview first appeared in the latest issue (Vol. VI, Issue 1) of the ICTS News.
 
K. Vijayraghavan, distinguished biologist, the principal scientific adviser to the Government of India and a member of the ICTS-TIFR management board, speaks about India’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
This article first appeared in the latest issue (Vol. VI, Issue 1) of the ICTS News.
 
A detailed analysis of the flaws of using the SIR model with a lockdown protocol. A new preprint (ArXiv:2004.05373) by Abhishek Dhar.
From colloidal silver to essential oils, myths continue to abound on social media about home-grown remedies to treat or prevent COVID-19. Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University, Sonipat and Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai lays some of these myths to rest.
A discussion by Susheela Srinivas on some of the early mathematical models of disease transmission, as well as more modern versions that rely on computer-based simulations and factors in complex parameters. Such approaches could inform policy decisions related to novel diseases such as COVID-19.

Books, Podcasts and Lectures

Dr. Tracey Goldstein and Dr. Koen Van Rompay talk about the process of studying coronaviruses and other infectious diseases, the steps taken once an outbreak hits, and the ways in which this process could change for the better.
 
"Paleovirology” is the study of ancient extinct viruses (called “paleoviruses”) and the effects that these agents have had on the evolution of their hosts. Dr Harmit Malik (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA) talks about the computational and genetic techniques to identify such ancient viruses, or their evolutionary imprints, in our genomes, and novel insights into how to combat pathogenic viruses today.
This lecture was delivered as a part of the monthly public lecture series Kaapi With Kuriosity.
 
Dr. Richard Neher (MPI Tubingen) gives a talk on tracking and predicting the spread of a diseases from the point of applied evolutionary biology. This lecture was a part of the Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology, held at the ICTS-TIFR in December 2017.
 
Professor Carmen Molina-Paris (School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, UK) discusses how the governing rules of our immune system should be understood in terms of how molecules and cells interact and communicate in health and disease. This involves, along with the generation of new experimental and clinical data sets, a need to develop mathematical models that can describe immune dynamics at the molecular, cellular and population scales.
This lecture was delivered as a part of the monthly public lecture series Kaapi With Kuriosity.
 
This book brings together the latest research on the big impact that the smallest living things have on our every day life.
 
Pamela Bjorkman, the David Baltimore Professor of Biology and Bioengineering, at Caltech, speaks about viruses, antivirals, and vaccines in the context of SARS-CoV-2, the novel virus causing the current COVID-19 pandemic.