|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 67-68
Murali Ariga1, Sharmila Devi Vadivelu2
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Cornea, RIO GOH, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||03-May-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||06-May-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||17-Jun-2020|
Dr. Murali Ariga
Department of Ophthalmology, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Ariga M, Vadivelu SD. COVID times. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2020;58:67-8
Dear Seniors and Friends,
As we write this Editorial, we are all trying to navigate our way through a pandemic the likes of which the world has not seen in over a century. We hope and pray that this message finds you and your loved ones, safe and well.
On March 11, 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a highly contagious disease, caused by a novel coronavirus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 (SARS-Co V 2), was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. This miniscule virus has swept across the globe forcing world leaders to close down their borders and impose stringent lockdown measures on their people. As we face unprecedented challenges and navigate through unchartered territory, research has become pivotal. Updates are emerging on a daily basis on various aspects of the disease, such as mode of transmission, etiopathogenesis, disease course, preventive and infection control measures testing, and management protocols. It is imperative to look at good-quality publications as there is a lot of hype over poor-quality publications and the media is flooded with cure based on some poorly researched data. Data gathered painstakingly by researchers have resulted in the emergence of national and international guidelines.
We will be living and practicing in a COVID world for many months to come. To navigate this new, peril-filled environment, we need guidelines. These guidelines are designed to reduce, but sadly, not to eliminate the risk. The Editorial Board of TJOSR presents a comprehensive review of guidelines provided by various organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Royal College of Ophthalmology, and All India Ophthalmic Society-Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, along with an overview of relevant articles on PubMed. We hope to keep you updated as changes and new developments emerge. Be over prepared, better to be safe than sorry. In terms of patients' mindset, we have found to our surprise that, even though majority of outpatient clinics have been canceled, there have been relatively few complaints and grievances. One reason for this happy state of affairs may be remote consultations and tele-ophthalmology. In this issue, Dr. Ronnie George shares with you, a few pointers on tele-ophthalmology.
We have for you some interesting review articles on Epigenetics and Corneal Biomechanics in Glaucoma, interesting case reports, and some well-written original articles in this issue. We also bring you our regular features, such as the Quiz and the Journal Scan. I would like to thank all the authors who have contributed to this issue. I would also like to thank the reviewers for their timely review of submissions and the entire Editorial Board for their coordinated efforts during these difficult times.
One moment your world is perfect and the next it all shatters like a vintage China teacup. Everything has changed; the ground shakes and the concrete foundation beneath you seem to crumble. The undeniable and unexplainable sense of panic fills your soul and all logic disappears. Do your best to stay optimistic and positive by finding coping mechanisms. Ineffective coping is one of the main reasons that panic emerges in high-stress environments. Making a conscious effort to manage stress levels by remaining positive will keep yourself calm and allow you to focus on what needs to be done. Set up a routine for the day, doing some form of physical exercise, group-chatting with friends and relatives, and watching your favorite shows and movies. Read books, podcasts, and download game and music apps to lift your mood. Soul Music, BBC Radio 4 is one such free powerful, uplifting podcast that explores one piece of music or song and how it has affected the lives of people around the world. Headspace is a popular app offering guided mindfulness and meditation from former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe. There are many more.
This lockdown period too has not been without its advantages. It has in fact given a precious gift to the environment that we now have clear blue skies, clean air, and water. It has also given us the wonderful gift of a guilt-free time out from the rat race of life. Many of us have rediscovered the simple pleasures of life, of pursuing long-deferred hobbies, of spending quality time with family, and of learning new skills. We have seen the emergence of quarantine cooking, singing, painting, besides education/research and daily webinars, many of them having a lot of international speakers with a lot of virtual attendees. We were blown away by the huge number of entries from our members for the lockdown painting and poetry submissions. We have discovered new ways to reinforce our skillset and reorganize our priorities.
It might be stormy now, but it cannot rain forever. This too shall pass, and we will have a new normal. We shall hopefully emerge stronger, not only as individuals but also as a community.
Another vital need of the day is for us to come together as a team to support our students, paramedics, and staff and help keep their morale high, with constant encouragement and reassurance.
A big salute to those doctors – the COVID martyrs who died in the line of duty and respect to the frontline COVID warriors.
Armed with knowledge, and of course personal protective equipment, we shall yet defeat this invisible enemy.
Till then, stay safe and healthy.
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies
– The Shawshank Redemption