India, with 1.3 billion people, was a dark spot on the global map of known Coronavirus Disease 2019 cases as recently as 2 March. But public health officials and scientists there, along with journalists, have known that was no cause for relaxing. 

According to the Dr.Priyadarshini Karve, the village women with weak lung capacity due to cooking smoke exposure + anemia due to malnourishment will not survive COVID 19, once it reaches them. Looking at the exodus of migrant labour from cities to villages, it might reach them sooner rather than later. These characteristics are not only present in India, but also in many other countries, including Mexico.

We invite you to watch this Sustain What chat, in which Andy Revkin of the Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability, talks with two people on the front lines:

Dr. Gagandeep Kang, a noted microbiologist who is the director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute in Faridabad; and Priyanka Pulla, a health-focused journalist in Bengaluru whose latest #COVID-19 coverage is in The Wire: thewire.in/author/ppulla

Your host is Andrew Revkin, who for 35 years has been a leading sustainability-focused journalist, mostly for The New York Times, and now directs the new Earth Institute Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University.