India Update on Covid-19 with Dr. Ramasubramanian

India Update on Covid-19 with Dr. Ramasubramanian

March 25, 2020 | Author: Dr. Ramasubramanian, Senior Infectious Diseases Consultant at Apollo Hospitals
Dr. Ramasubramanian joined Indiaspora March 25 to give an update on Covid-19 in India and the situation on the ground, especially in the context of India’s recent 21-day ban.
Dr. Ramasubramanian covers the following in his short synopsis and ensuing Q&A period with Indiaspora’s members:
  • Status of corona virus in India, where it is in India, and where are the hot spots?
  • What is the testing situation?
  • What are the realistic expectations related to social distancing in the Indian context?
  • How long will this play out in India – where are we on the curve?
  • What are some steps that the Government is taking (or has taken) to contain and control the spread?
  • Other important facts that need to be addressed or misinformation that needs to be corrected
Also, Dr. Ramasubramanian recently contributed “Lessons from a pandemic: It’s OK to be smart”  in The Hindu March 24, which covers some frequent questions, such as symptoms, complications, and whether or not the upcoming summer season will help us.
A special thank you to our members Rahul Reddy and Preetha Reddy at Apollo Hospitals for arranging this call.




Dr. V Ramasubramanian is a specialist in Infectious Diseases, adolescent and adult vaccinations and travel medicine. He is currently a Senior Consultant in Infectious Diseases, HIV & Tropical Medicine at Apollo Hospital, Chennai and a Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education & Research, Saveetha Medical College, Apollo Hospitals Educational & Research Foundation and the MGR Medical University, Chennai. Dr Ramasubramanian graduated from the Madras Medical College and did his post graduation in Internal Medicine from the prestigious Post Graduate Institute in Chandigarh. He trained in Infectious Diseases and HIV in the United Kingdom after getting his MRCP. He also obtained diplomas in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine and in Genito-Urinary Medicine from the Society of Apothecaries, London.

After he returned to India he played a pioneering role in establishing Infectious Disease as a specialty in India. He is passionate about Infection Control and was instrumental in laying down the principles of Infection Control in several hospitals. He is the Chair of the Hospital Infection Control Committee at Apollo Hospital, Chennai.

In 2008 he founded Immune Boosters, a unique clinic dedicated to adolescent and adult vaccinations and Travel Health. The clinic, the first of its kind in India, propagates the concept of preventive health and travel medicine. In 2018, he established The Capstone Clinic (, a multispecialty family out-patient clinic.

Dr Ramasubramanian has authored several research publications and chapters in text books. He has also been the principal investigator in several international drug trials. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow.