|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 960
How long time to learn lessons and move on from pandemic?
Sahjid Mukhida, Sameena Khan, Nikunja Kumar Das, Rajashri Patil, Chanda Vyawahare
Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||02-Dec-2022|
|Date of Decision||05-Dec-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||06-Dec-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||23-Dec-2022|
Dr. Chanda Vyawahare
Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune - 411 018, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mukhida S, Khan S, Das NK, Patil R, Vyawahare C. How long time to learn lessons and move on from pandemic?. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2022;15:960
|How to cite this URL:|
Mukhida S, Khan S, Das NK, Patil R, Vyawahare C. How long time to learn lessons and move on from pandemic?. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 30];15:960. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/text.asp?2022/15/6/960/365003
We read the editorial “COVID-19 pandemic: Need for timeout to revive the science.” We strongly agree with the views expressed. In the last 2–3 years, many stakeholders, including academicians and scientists, have been exploiting the pandemic to their advantage. How long can we afford this?
Many measures, without strong evidence, such as social distancing, mask wearing, anti-viral drugs, and vaccine, were implemented. Vaccine was described as a magical wand which would make COVID-19 completely disappear. But that was just a myth. There were innumerable examples of the COVID-19 cases who were maintaining social distancing, wearing mask regularly, took all the vaccine doses including booster but still got COVID-19 multiple times, whereas many people even without following COVID-19 appropriate behavior or taking vaccine did not got infection. We have to separate science from politics and other conflicts of interest.
While small time businesses suffered huge losses, those manufacturing masks, PPE, anti-viral drug, and vaccine production made huge profits. Sound academic research took a back seat while the growth of COVID-19 authors producing mediocre papers mushroomed.
Rightly, the time has come to move on to the old normal. We need scientific research free from various conflicts of interest. Quality research publications can serve science better than the large number of poor-quality papers published even by top journals during this pandemic.
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