I would not take Covaxin without efficacy data: Gagandeep Kang — Science Chronicle

Serum’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin are examples of atmanirbhar (self-reliance) but have an element of non-Indian science — and at least to me that is fine, says Dr. Gagandeep Kang. Though Covaxin uses inactivated virus, neutralising antibodies against the spike protein are critical for reinfection. So if Covaxin is based on an old viral […]

I would not take Covaxin without efficacy data: Gagandeep Kang — Science Chronicle

Pune coronavirus sero survey results find 51.5% seroprevalence — Science Chronicle

The sero survey carried out in five zones in Pune has found 51.5% seroprevalence, with the spread ranging from 36.1% in the lower bound to 65.4% in higher bound. The spread of the virus was found across all types of dwellings. Those living in hutments (62%) and tenement (56.2%) had the highest seroprevalence, while those […]

“With the peak yet to reach, 51% seroprevalence is intriguing,” Dr Giridhara Babu, epidemiologist from Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru says in a tweet.

via Pune coronavirus sero survey results find 51.5% seroprevalence — Science Chronicle

Only a scientist would refer to 51% seroprevalence as “intriguing”.

I find the following more “intriguing”.

The role of shared toilets in increasing virus spread has once again become apparent in this study. While the seropositivity was 45.3% among people (1,045 adults) who have access to independent toilets, 619 adults who share toilets have a high 62.2% seroprevalence. “There is no difference between men (n=861, 52.8%) and women (n=803, 50.1%), while 171 persons of older age (above 66 years) have a lower prevalence (39.8%),” the report posted on the University website says. Those in the age group 51-65 years had the highest seroprevalence of 54.8%. Those in the age group 18-30 years and 31-50 had seroprevalence of 52.5% and 52.1%, respectively.

I’m headed down to Texas next weekend.  If I limit fluids prior to starting the trip maybe I won’t have to stop along the way…

Indian Recruiters (live in India)

Here is an interesting post from Fistful of Talent.  This article will shed even more insight into the world of Indian recruiters.  By the way, I emailed the sender of the email I got two days ago.  No response yet.

Fistful of Talent: All My Recruiters…. Live in India…..

So, here’s what I found out in the lunch with the recruiting firm in question, which I consider to be a pretty sharp bunch. They’ve long used outsourcing as a means to “source” candidates, but they’ve now moved to the next level. In addition to sourcing candidates using resources in India, they’ve also handed off the next level of activity to outsourced recruiters in India. That means outsourced recruiters who understand the technologies in play are making the initial calls to prospects, qualifying them, and locking them down for the next step, which might be a phone screen or in-person with the actual recruiting firm, or if the specs are nailed, a phone screen or in-person with the client company in question.

Here’s the kicker – low cost, robust technologies like Bullhorn, which allow recruiting shops to manage the lifecycle of the recruiting process for a single candidate from anywhere on the globe, have enabled the manager in question to outsource this function. All he needs is the right talent overseas, and he pays 20-30% of what he would pay a full life cycle recruiter located in Birmingham to do the same job.