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Tuesday, August 18 2020


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His favourite song as we walked out to face some of the most hostile bowlers in the game was "muskura ladle muskura". That was his way of easing the nerves while confronting challenges. Now that my partner is no more, how can I 'muskura'?

That’s Sunil Gavaskar who penned an emotional ode to his brother-in-pads, Chetan Chauhan—who died of Covid earlier this week. During the 1970s, Gavaskar shared 11 Test century partnerships with Chauhan, but the latter never scored a test century in his career. Illustration: Parth Savla.

Big Story

The big debate over herd immunity

The TLDR: A serological survey found that 51% of residents in parts of Pune have been infected with the virus. But is this good or bad news? New research suggests that herd immunity can kick in if 50% (or even less) of a given population is infected—which in turn can stop the spread of the disease. Translation: we may not have to wait for the vaccine. But there’s one big problem: the virus does not spread evenly within nations—or even cities. We took a closer look at herd immunity in the light of the Pune survey.

 

Tell me about the survey, first

The serological survey tests for presence of antibodies—which indicate that the person was infected sometime in the past two weeks. There have been similar surveys in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad etc.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Facebook-BJP story, continued…
  • Reliance is on a buying spree
  • The anti-mask movement has now sprung up in India
  • A near-billion dollar clerical error
  • California records all-time high temperatures

 

Smart And Curious

  • Barcelona architect designs a four-block self-sufficient city
  • A ‘reverse’ waterfall—created by high winds and torrential rain
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