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Peep into the future of GEN C-19: the domino effect
  1. Samhita Panda
  1. Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, Jodhpur 342005, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Samhita Panda, Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, Jodhpur 342005, India; samhitapanda{at}

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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives.

It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. (Charles Darwin)

It is 7 months since the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Originating from Wuhan, Hubei province in China, where the first case was reported in December 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 has engulfed populations worldwide, pushing medical science and technology to its limits, threatening economies, further marginalising the marginalised while huge segments of our future generations are on the brink of malnutrition and educational deprivation and the mental framework/health of our society is fractured. The negative outcomes keep piling on. All this and more pose to the gargantuan problem staring at us as we wade through the quicksand that COVID-19 has become.

So one day, when one of my acquaintances came teary-eyed to me and shared her first month pregnancy loss, it set me thinking. I quickly did my math and the answer was simplistic. The woman had been tested positive for COVID-19 by reverse transcriptase PCR about a month ago with a brief fever and influenza-like symptoms for a day or two. Needless to say, she was on home isolation as other family members tested positive too as per local government regulations. So, the conception …

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  • Contributors SP has solely contributed to the conceptualisation, drafting, language editing and final approval of the manuscript.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.