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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 960  

How long time to learn lessons and move on from pandemic?


Department of Microbiology, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission02-Dec-2022
Date of Decision05-Dec-2022
Date of Acceptance06-Dec-2022
Date of Web Publication23-Dec-2022

Correspondence Address:
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
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_1004_22

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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

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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



Dear Sir,

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.[1] How long can we afford this?

Many measures, without strong evidence, such as social distancing, mask wearing, anti-viral drugs, and vaccine, were implemented.[2] 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.[3]

While small time businesses suffered huge losses, those manufacturing masks, PPE, anti-viral drug, and vaccine production made huge profits.[4] Sound academic research took a back seat while the growth of COVID-19 authors producing mediocre papers mushroomed.[5]

Rightly, the time has come to move on to the old normal.[6] 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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Banerjee A. COVID-19 pandemic: Need for timeout to revive the science. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2022;15(Suppl S2):139.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Greenhalgh T. Face coverings for the public: laying straw men to rest. J Eval Clin Pract 2020;26:1070-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Gupta A, Bhoyar R, Mirza S, Jolly B, Senthivel V, Shamnath A, et al. SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infection following a previous infection in a healthcare worker. J Infect 2022;84:418-67.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Lakshmanan R, Nayyar M. Personal Protective Equipment in India: An INR 7,000 Cr Industry in the Making. Published in Invest India on 25 May 2020. Available from: https://www.investindia.gov.in/siru/personal-protective-equipment-india-INR-7000-cr-industry-in-the-making. [Last accessed on 2022 Dec 02].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Ioannidis JPA, Salholz-Hillel M, Boyack KW, Baas J. The rapid, massive growth of COVID-19 authors in the scientific literature. R Soc Open Sci 2021;8:210389.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
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What Happens when Covid is No Longer an Excuse? Published By The Bedford Citizen January 19, 2022. Available from: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2022/01/what-happens-when-covid-is-no-longer-an-excuse/. [Last accessed on 2022 Dec 02].  Back to cited text no. 6
    




 

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