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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48

Letter to the editor - COVID

KAS Medical Center, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission02-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication11-Aug-2020

Correspondence Address:
Ajaya Kashyap
G-160, Palam Vihar, Gurugram - 122 017, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/IJCS.IJCS_17_20

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Dear Sir,

I came across your journal volume 1, issue 2, January to April 2019, almost by chance.

At the outset, let me tell you how impressed I am by the quality of your journal and your own scholarship. The editorial you have written shows how the current pandemic knows no national or racial boundaries and the solution should unify humankind across cultures, nations, and even across time. We continue to learn from pandemics in the past to help us in the present pandemic and others that are sure to follow.[1],[2] Although the disease first appeared in China as did the first warriors against it, and it may appropriately be called “the Chinese virus” (as has been the practice in previous epidemics and pandemics), it is now a global war. I do not see a problem in naming a disease by its origin unless we want to make scientific names the same as common names, as long as there is no malice in doing so. Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease still refer to parts of the USA. Even people living in the USA for several generations are still referred to as “Chinese Americans” or “African Americans.” The WHO, however, in its attempt to be politically correct, has decided not to name the current pandemic after the region where it first appeared.[3]

There may be political issues in naming the epidemics and the pandemics, and this is where it becomes difficult to have common names that people can understand. The names can even be wrongly ascribed to an area where they did not emerge like the Spanish Flu.[4]

The name aside, as you have said so well, one may have to find the solution to our contemporary problems in antiquity. The key to our modern-day microbes and pro-inflammatory urban life styles[5] may lie in our ancestral lifestyles, pastoral living with cattle, and anti-inflammatory ingredients in our food such as curcumin (in turmeric).[6]

The human body is not an isolated being but a colony living in symbiosis. There is flora and fauna within and without, delicately balanced but in complete harmony.

As you have said “extraordinary problems require extraordinary measures,” this is the time to fight the battle at all fronts with all the armamentarium at our disposal and even to look backward to move forward. We may lose a battle or two, but we will win the war. Failure is not an option. The only way to get to the other side is through this.


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20 of the Worst Epidemics and Pandemics in History, Live. Available from: http://www.livescience.com'worst-epidemics-and-pandemic…[Last accessed on 2020 Jul 01].  Back to cited text no. 1
Learning from Pandemics Past – Ethical and Legal … – NCBI. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov'books'NBK54171.  Back to cited text no. 2
WHO Issues Best Practices for Naming New Human … – WHO. Available from: http://www.who.int'news'notes'naming-new-diseases. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 01].  Back to cited text no. 3
Spanish Flu. Am J Public Health 2018. pii: 304645. Available from: http://ajph.aphapublications.org'doi'pdf'AJPH.  Back to cited text no. 4
Low-Grade Inflammation, Diet Composition and Health: Current. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov'pmc'articles'PMC4579563. [Last accessed on 2020 Jul 01].  Back to cited text no. 5
Agarwal KA, Tripathi CD, Agarwal BB, Saluja S. Efficacy of turmeric (curcumin) in pain and postoperative fatigue after laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study. Surg Endosc. 2011;25:3805-10.  Back to cited text no. 6


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