CovidGyan, a multi-institutional, multi-lingual science communication initiative, serves as a hub to bring together a collection of resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources are generated by public supported research institutions in India and associated programs. The content presented relies on the best available scientific understanding of the disease and its transmission.
The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. The frontline warriors in this disaster are the doctors, nurses, and other supporting health workers. At the back end, thousands of scientists and engineers are collaborating - also at an unprecedented scale - to understand the exact behaviour of the coronavirus, transmission dynamics of the disease, diagnostics, innovative technologies to scale up the fight, means of coping up with physical distancing and critical assessment of communications.
The torrent of information generated and spread from all corners of the world has created information overload. It is a challenge to comprehend reliable information while filtering out misinformation. A multi-institutional, multi-lingual science communication initiative, called CovidGyan, has been created to deal with just this challenge.
The initiative is the brainchild of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC). Other prominent partners include Vigyan Prasar, IndiaBioscience, and the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSC), which comprises InStem and C-CAMP in addition to NCBS-TIFR. An outcome of this initiative is the launch of the CovidGyan website: https://covid-gyan.in.
The CovidGyan website includes short informative videos, posters and infographics, FAQs, myth-busters, and articles, which are being actively translated into multiple Indian languages.