Year : 2020 | Volume
: 13 | Issue : 6 | Page : 602-
Positive side of human response to the COVID-19 crisis
Praveen Prakash, Santosh Kumar Sharma, Arpita Joshi, Namrata Sarin, Sompal Singh
Department of Pathology, NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi, India
Department of Pathology, NDMC Medical College and Hindu Rao Hospital, Delhi
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Prakash P, Sharma SK, Joshi A, Sarin N, Singh S. Positive side of human response to the COVID-19 crisis.Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:602-602
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Prakash P, Sharma SK, Joshi A, Sarin N, Singh S. Positive side of human response to the COVID-19 crisis. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 17 ];13:602-602
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We read with interest your editorial entitled “Pandemic, Panic, Policies, and the Paradox of Control,” where you have described the consequences of panic response during the COVID-19 crisis. We agree with each of your word but would like to present our point of view – the positive aspect of human response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 outbreak has taught laboratory personnel new ways to deal with laboratory samples including cytology and histopathology samples. Guidelines have been published by the Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists as well as the Indian Academy of Cytologists. These guidelines have stratified various samples and recommended variable degrees of precautions to be taken while handling laboratory samples. The guidelines were rationale and do not appear to be a result of the panic response. These guidelines will not only help laboratory personnel in the fight against COVID-19 but will also prepare humankind from any such future outbreak from a novel pathogen.
The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the introduction of various management techniques in a hospital management. Although various management tools and techniques are being successfully tried in managing health-care industries throughout the world, these tools have rarely been applied in India as evident from published English literature. Newer management techniques were required in view of staggering of health-care staff, resulting in the functional shortage of workforce. The feasibility of application of queuing analysis has been studied in managing hospitals in the Indian setup as well as the application of lean management techniques in the Indian health-care system. Not only there was functional shortage of workforce but also the laboratory reagents and consumables were in short supply due to the lockdown. In view of all these factors, health-care managers have to look at the lean management techniques.
The COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on medical and paramedical education. In most of the countries, educational institutions have been closed to protect students. In order to continue the education of students, newer modalities of online teaching emerged. The software programs which were basically designed for official meetings have been tried successfully for online teaching of students.
In conclusion, the potential drawbacks and consequences of the panic response to COVID-19 are very well described by Banerjee; in addition, there is also a positive aspect of human response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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