The Outbreak in India: Initial Review of the Data

The Outbreak in India Initial Review of the Data

By Juan Jose Chamie

The whole world has eyes on India. Just months ago, India’s cases and fatalities were few. What happened? We know what we’re hearing in the media: lack of preparation, lack of following social-distancing protocol, and lack of willingness to wear a mask are blamed for the spike in cases and fatalities. But is there more to the story than this? Maybe there’s opportunity to uncover some more candor if we focus on what we see rather than what we hear. Data and trends are a good place to start. If we take a close look at what we see from data, it is possible to better understand the outbreak and to answer questions about the origin and spread of the wave and possible courses for successful treatment. The data also reveals an observation, but most certainly not a established correlation, that a new, highly contagious variant mutation of COVID-19 manifests in locations where the AstraZeneca vaccine has been administered. However, this very well could just be coincidence. This data showcases the consideration that mass vaccination programs should be carefully rolled out to regions and populations where infection rates are stabilized and more under control. Unfortuna...

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