Special Issue "COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges Facing the Health System"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).
Interests: health policy; epidemiology; health services research; oncology; leukemia; myelodysplastic syndromes
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Miranda in Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider walks out of a hospital after a fevered and dream-like month of hospitalization for a pneumonia due to the 1918–1919 influenza. Her first senses are, “No more war, no more plague, only the dazed silence that follows the ceasing of the heavy guns …” As she looks around, Miranda sees “… noiseless houses with the shades drawn, empty streets, the dead cold light of tomorrow.”
A century later, we are in a similar fight against a different RNA virus, SARS-CoV-2. Currently, its human disease, COVID-19, challenges all aspects of healthcare in all countries in every locale.
Medicine in the early 21st century is very different from that in Miranda’s early 20th century. Within weeks, our pathogen’s RNA sequence was fully decoded and published, and its origin speculated (PMID 32015507). Six years prior to the outbreak, our pandemic virus was predicted (PMID 24172901)—theoretically, plenty of time for preparation. Its genetic evolution is also being captured in near-real-time and published rapidly (PMID 32092483, 32321524). Within months of the outbreak, the first in-human vaccines were in testing (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/record-setting-speed-vaccine-makers-take-their-first-shots-new-coronavirus). Pharmaceutical companies are simultaneously testing vaccines in clinical trials and scaling up vaccine manufacture for mass production, with or without regulatory approvals, to hasten the process of immunizing the general public.
Our pandemic also confronts another major difference than a century ago: our health system (or system of systems). Stressed before the pandemic, our health systems are certainly straining now. Healthcare disparities that were present even before the pandemic have been brought into sharp relief by COVID-19. Heterogeneous standards of healthcare before the pandemic are now even more disparate under varieties of quarantines, stay-in-place orders, and prohibitions of non-essential healthcare (however that is defined).
This Special Issue of Healthcare seeks commentaries, original research, short reports, and reviews on challenges in health systems created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Special Issue aims to inform needed changes in health policies, systems, and environments. Some of these changes, such as increasing access to care, may have lasting effects in non-crisis times. It is envisioned that health policy specialists, policymakers, and elected officials will use this Special Issue as a resource for writing intelligent and progressive healthcare policies.
Upon seeing a once-bustling street now quieted by quarantine and finally accepting the death of her new friend Adam by the 1918–1919 influenza virus, Miranda concludes that “Now there would be time for everything.”
Prof. Christopher R. Cogle
Dr. Amar H. Kelkar
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- Health policy
- Public health
- Medical ethics
- Health care delivery
- Global health
- Medical practice, training, and education
- Health services research
- Viral infections
- Emergency medicine
- Pulmonary/critical care