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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 229-230
Post-COVID era: Time to ponder

MD; FIC Path; MIAC, DHA, Professor, Department of Pathology, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Date of Submission16-Feb-2021
Date of Decision21-Feb-0202
Date of Acceptance28-Mar-2021
Date of Web Publication9-Apr-2021

How to cite this article:
Agrawal R. Post-COVID era: Time to ponder. Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2021;64:229-30

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Agrawal R. Post-COVID era: Time to ponder. Indian J Pathol Microbiol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 15];64:229-30. Available from: https://www.ijpmonline.org/text.asp?2021/64/2/229/313272

Dear Readers,

Wishes of the day! As we move ahead in the post-COVID era, we learnt a lot during the past 1 year. The year we left behind was filled with constant fear, apprehensions, and most important of all a sense of insecurity. India fought back with great valor and determination against this pandemic .We need to restructure and reframe our working style and age old systems.

Time has proved that technology plays an important role in the day to day working as well as in the restructuring. Even the need to modify the medical curriculum refocusing on the study and Management of infection is much emphasized.[1] Coronavirus evolved as a new global threat, which shook the whole medical fraternity and left them facing new challenges. India had an edge over other western countries in relation to the fight as since ages more emphasis was laid on hygiene and prevention methods. It is not only the non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, or diabetes mellitus, but also the communicable diseases carry a heavier load. During the peak time, the main objective was to minimize the communicable spread of the disease which demanded an immediate change in the traditional approach to medical education.[1]

Training and education in all the sectors took a new facial uplift. Digitalization came as a savior for all, especially during work from home, school, education, learning and training that all were revolutionized with the use of advancement of technology. Keeping abreast with the latest techniques and technologies is the demand of the day. During the past 1 year, the service provision has been altered and a changing pattern was observed. Newer methods such as use of artificial intelligence and video calls, etc., were evolved. Examination or operating upon a patient using personal protective equipments, masks, shields, etc., were other health burdens not only for the medical personnel but also on the economic system adding extra investments into the healthcare system. These systems further carry value especially when there is need for good facility, reduced hospitalization, quick recovery, and effective procedures.[2]

Mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 especially in the spike proteins, carry importance not only for determining the infectivity of the virus but also in the vaccine development.[3] The new year brings in a lot of hope in the way of vaccination against the deadly virus. India emerged as a global leader not only by manufacturing the vaccine indigenously but also supplying it to other countries including the developed nations. India plans to cater 600 million doses of the vaccine by enhanced manufacturing. Started on 16th January 2021, the vaccine so far has not shown any drastic ill effect or complications. Mild symptoms such as malaise, fever, rigors, pain at the injection sites and headache have been reported.[4] Both the vaccines in general are highly immunogenic and well tolerated. A need was felt for different vaccines that act via separate mechanism of action so as to cater to diverse requirements considering cost-effectiveness or regional demands.[5]

A record number of articles were received by us in the year 2020. The articles included in the April—June 2021 issues are of premium research work and clinical significance. I am sure that the readers would be benefitted reading these articles. I am sure that the authors will continue their faith in IJPM and continue submitting their valuable manuscripts.

Jai Hind!

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Correspondence Address:
Ranjan Agrawal
MD; FIC Path; MIAC, DHA, Professor, Department of Pathology, Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpm.ijpm_177_21

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