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No human exists in isolation or as an island: The outcomes of a multidisciplinary, global, and context-specific COVID-19 consortium

Gautam S. Kalyatanda, MD, Lennox K. Archibald, FRCP, PhD, Shraddha Patnala, BJ, Maneesh Paul-Satyaseela, MSc, PhD, Pretesh Rohan Kiran, MBBS, MD, DGM, Sunitha Chandrasekhar Srinivas, MPharm, PhD, PGDHE, Anthony Byrne, MBBS, IiPH, BAppSc, FRACP, Chun-Yu Lin, MD, PhD, Venkat Narayan Chekuri, Reuben Ramphal, MD, Anna Shifrin, MD, Shivanjali Shankaran, MD, Jonathan J. Cho, MD, PhD, Andrew Abbott, MD, Matthew Edwards, Daniel Urbine, MD, Daisy Lekharu, MBBS, MPH, MBA, Hala Mohamed Moussa, MD, Janice Limson, PhD, Sharli Paphitis, PhD, Roman Tandlich, PhD, Diana Hornby, BEd, MS, Frederick Southwick, MD


A pandemic, by definition, involves the whole world being impacted by a common threat and calls for a united response. A highly virulent pathogen, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has affected every facet of modern life. The virus has revealed the world’s underlying inherent inequities, such as economic and food insecurity and availability of and access to a functional healthcare system, not to mention preparedness of nations to manage a coordinated pandemic response. For these reasons, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) represents an unprecedented challenge to economies, healthcare systems, and nations alike. The closing of international and internal borders, physical distancing, and the resulting decrease in travel and trade have led countries to become insular geographically, socially, and economically. Somewhat ironically, this necessitates an increased need for greater collaboration between countries and other stakeholders to control the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and better manage the global crisis upon us, so as to mitigate the long-term sequelae of this pandemic.


COVID-19, pandemic

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