Demystifying COVID-19

Meher Wan


The world has been no longer the same after the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our lives. The main culprit is just a small biological mechanism, around 130 nm diameter, now well-known as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There have been innumerous fake news and misunderstandings around the virus. Several attempts have been made to burst the myths and misunderstandings through several mediums.

The book “COVID-19: Separating Facts from Fiction” by Dr Anirban Mahapatra is one such attempt to comprehensively explain what COVID-19 is all about.

The book starts with a round-up of the events that set the pandemic rolling from Wuhan in China and how the world initially reacted to these developments. The book attempts to explore several questions. The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still mysterious and there are several conspiracy theories around it. There is a separate chapter in the book that explains the origin of viruses with a specific focus on SARS-CoV-2. Nobody can claim whether the virus is man-made or natural but the book provides an understanding about what is the process to get the correct answer and what are open-ended questions and where are the missing links that are hurdles to get the correct answer about the origin of SARS-CoV-2…read more