Journal of Global Infectious Diseases

CONSENSUS PAPER
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 167--190

COVID-19 blind spots: A consensus statement on the importance of competent political leadership and the need for public health cognizance


Thomas J Papadimos, Samara E Soghoian, Prabath Nanayakkara, Sarman Singh, Andrew C Miller, Venkataramanaiah Saddikuti, Achala Upendra Jayatilleke, Siddharth P Dubhashi, Michael S Firstenberg, Vibha Dutta, Vivek Chauhan, Pushpa Sharma, Sagar C Galwankar, Manish Garg, Nicholas Taylor, Stanislaw P Stawicki 
 On Behalf of the Multidisciplinary ACAIM-WACEM COVID-19 Consensus Group, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
USA

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, important discoveries and considerations emerge regarding the SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) pathogen; its biological and epidemiological characteristics; and the corresponding psychological, societal, and public health (PH) impacts. During the past year, the global community underwent a massive transformation, including the implementation of numerous nonpharmacological interventions; critical diversions or modifications across various spheres of our economic and public domains; and a transition from consumption-driven to conservation-based behaviors. Providing essential necessities such as food, water, health care, financial, and other services has become a formidable challenge, with significant threats to the existing supply chains and the shortage or reduction of workforce across many sectors of the global economy. Food and pharmaceutical supply chains constitute uniquely vulnerable and critically important areas that require high levels of safety and compliance. Many regional health-care systems faced at least one wave of overwhelming COVID-19 case surges, and still face the possibility of a new wave of infections on the horizon, potentially in combination with other endemic diseases such as influenza, dengue, tuberculosis, and malaria. In this context, the need for an effective and scientifically informed leadership to sustain and improve global capacity to ensure international health security is starkly apparent. Public health “blind spotting,” promulgation of pseudoscience, and academic dishonesty emerged as significant threats to population health and stability during the pandemic. The goal of this consensus statement is to provide a focused summary of such “blind spots” identified during an expert group intense analysis of “missed opportunities” during the initial wave of the pandemic.


How to cite this article:
Papadimos TJ, Soghoian SE, Nanayakkara P, Singh S, Miller AC, Saddikuti V, Jayatilleke AU, Dubhashi SP, Firstenberg MS, Dutta V, Chauhan V, Sharma P, Galwankar SC, Garg M, Taylor N, Stawicki SP. COVID-19 blind spots: A consensus statement on the importance of competent political leadership and the need for public health cognizance.J Global Infect Dis 2020;12:167-190


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Papadimos TJ, Soghoian SE, Nanayakkara P, Singh S, Miller AC, Saddikuti V, Jayatilleke AU, Dubhashi SP, Firstenberg MS, Dutta V, Chauhan V, Sharma P, Galwankar SC, Garg M, Taylor N, Stawicki SP. COVID-19 blind spots: A consensus statement on the importance of competent political leadership and the need for public health cognizance. J Global Infect Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Sep 17 ];12:167-190
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