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Monday, August 3 2020


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On getting the initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine, but I am being admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors. I request those who came in contact with me in [the] last few days to get tested for coronavirus and isolate themselves.

That’s Amit Shah tweeting out the bad news on Sunday. It isn’t clear how he became infected, but politicians who were in close contact with him have gone into self-isolation. No, that list does not include the PM. Also testing positive for Covid: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. He too has mild symptoms. Testing negative: Amitabh Bachhan who has checked out of the hospital now. But Abhishek is still positive due to unnamed underlying conditions. Illustration: Parth Savla.

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The big debate over face masks

The TLDR: Face masks have become a lightning rod for controversy across the world, and their use has been fiercely debated for both political and medical reasons. So do face masks really help stop the spread? Very short answer: Yes, but not by themselves.

 

Aren’t face masks a must?

First they were not, and now they are. The messaging around face masks has been erratic and confusing. When the pandemic first started, the WHO strongly advised against their use—and other medical authorities echoed its advice. The reason: High-grade masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and those who are sick. 

 

More importantly: Scientists simply didn’t know enough about the disease.

 

What do we know now?

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  • Netflix and speed up!

 

Smart And Curious

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  • The matchmakers who cater exclusively to super-rich Indians
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