COVID-19: Impact on linguistic and genetic isolates of India

Academic Article


  • The rapid expansion of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has impacted various ethnic groups all over the world. The burden of infectious diseases including COVID-19 are generally reported to be higher for the Indigenous people. The historical knowledge have also suggested that the indigenous populations suffer more than the general populations in the pandemic. Recently, it has been reported that the indigenous groups of Brazil have been massively affected by COVID-19. Series of studies have shown that many of the indigenous communities reached at the verge of extinction due to this pandemic. Importantly, South Asia also has several indigenous and smaller communities, that are living in isolation. Till date, despite the two consecutive waves in India, there is no report on the impact of COVID-19 for indigenous tribes. Since smaller populations experiencing drift may have greater risk of such pandemic, we have analysed Runs of Homozygosity (ROH) among South Asian populations and identified several populations with longer homozygous segments. The longer runs of homozygosity at certain genomic regions may increases the susceptibility for COVID-19. Thus, we suggest extreme careful management of this pandemic among isolated populations of South Asia.
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  • Genes and Immunity  Journal
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    Author List

  • Singh PP; Suravajhala P; Basu Mallick C; Tamang R; Rai AK; Machha P; Singh R; Pathak A; Mishra VN; Shrivastava P
  • Start Page

  • 47
  • End Page

  • 50
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 1