Prof Gautam Menon explains ‘super-spreaders’ concept behind COVID-19

Contrary to what other epidemiologists said about the absence of Indian Exceptionalism with regard to COVID-19, Prof Gautam Menon asserted that 'Indian Exceptionalism' did prove to be true, at least as far as the death rate of senior citizens due to COVID-19 in India was concerned

Prof Gautam Menon from Ashoka University, while speaking to The Federal for a podcast, explained the reasons behind ‘Indian Exceptionalism’ with regard to the deaths due to COVID-19 and the concept of super-spreaders, based on their study.

He said the study was conducted on a large scale in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh using data compiled during the early stages of the pandemic, between February and April. Intensive contact-tracing had led the team to find that a small number of people had been responsible for the spread of COVID-19 among a significant portion of people.

“It is called the 20-80 rule, where 20 percent of the people or less transmit the disease to the remaining 80 percent of the people,” Prof Menon said.

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Furthermore, contrary to what other epidemiologists said about the absence of Indian Exceptionalism with regard to the COVID-19 mortality rate, Prof Menon asserted that ‘Indian Exceptionalism’ did prove to be true, at least as far as the death rate of senior citizens due to COVID-19 in India was concerned.

Listen to the podcast below to know what Prof Menon said about India’s super-spreaders and the COVID mortality rate.

 

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