It's life itself that is affected, profoundly so and almost at a genetic level. And that means at every other extended level of human experience. Emotional and psychological, to begin with, and from there to what we go about doing with our daily lives. Earning our bread, trying to survive-or thrive.
It is tiniest of tiny, doesn’t even have a DNA of its own to replicate (thus needs a host to multiply, like a cuckoo). It is just a protein cell and RNA strand inside a layer of fat. Visualise a hen egg. Soap can wash away that fat and kill it, like breaking the shell of a breakfast egg. Yet, the new coronavirus is a formidable killer. It has forced about three billion people indoors around the world—unprecedented in human history.
This issue’s cover story is a tribute to the thousands of faceless men and women who are working tirelessly across the country and taking huge personal risks at the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus.
As the countdown to Bihar assembly polls begins, the big question is: will the Kanhaiya Kumar factor play out in any form? Will he be able to prevent CM Nitish Kumar from winning a fourth consecutive election in a row since 2005?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious respiratory illnesses. First described in the 1960s, the coronavirus gets its name from a distinctive corona or “crown” of sugary-proteins projecting from the envelope surrounding the particle.