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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Third time lucky?

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission02-Dec-2021
Date of Acceptance06-Dec-2021
Date of Web Publication01-Jan-2022

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Prof. Divya Narain Upadhyaya
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_42_21

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Upadhyaya DN. Third time lucky?. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2022;9:1-2

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Upadhyaya DN. Third time lucky?. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Dec 8];9:1-2. Available from: https://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2022/9/1/1/333654

”No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were.

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in humankind, and therefore, never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

- Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, “Meditation XVII,” John Donne (1624).

If John Donne were alive today, he would say that all of us have lost a lot in April-May 2021 during the second wave of the COVID Pandemic; and he would not be wrong. There is hardly any household left untouched by tragedy, hardly any family which has not felt the loss, or been bereaved during this last wave. Those of us in the medical profession, and especially those on COVID duty have fared the worst. Professional stress aside, this time the war came home; REALLY CAME HOME. We have seen our loved ones get infected and sometimes fall to the virus. We have seen relatives, and friends, and colleagues and seniors and juniors go through the stress of loss, both professional, financial, as well as personal. Hopefully, the worst is behind us now!!

With vaccine hesitancy at an all-time low and vaccine penetration in India among one of the best in the world, we can at last begin to hope that we may never see the predicted, and the much dreaded, “Third Wave.”

Will we be 'Third time lucky'?

Only time can tell, or maybe the governments around the world can tell too, but they are not saying anything right now, not committing to anything, not letting their guard down, which is good, since we have seen last time what the costs of letting our guard down are. The government agencies are cautious to not let the people rejoice too early, and they are right, for the 'Omicron strain' is lurking just around the corner.

Reported initially from South Africa, this new mutant virus is now threatening vast swathes of populations across Europe and Asia. In addition, the continued carnage of the good old COVID-19 in countries like China and Germany does put a dampener on any thoughts of freedom from this menace anytime soon in the near future.

However, all is not lost. Most healthcare organizations, experts, and government and non-governmental mouthpieces, although cautious, are optimistic that our current vaccines will also ensure protection against this new strain. The source of this confidence stems from the fact that the Omicron has been around now for several weeks without any alarming increase in hospitalization rates or mortality figures in countries where it is being reported. Thus, the cautious optimism.

Still, there is no denying the fact that the danger, whether from the original COVID– 19, or from the Omicron strain is very real, and only vaccination, and continued vigilance can help us really put this behind.

Talking of thirds, incidentally, this is also the third Editorial which I have begun with a mention of the COVID Pandemic sweeping across the world. I hope this shall be the last where I will need to do so. I am tired of having to write about it as much as, I am sure, you must be tired of reading about it. I have other things to say too! So many things!! So, I hope that by the time the next issue of the JCLPCA reaches your hands, or your desktops, iPads, or mobiles, the COVID Pandemic will be a thing of the past; a bitter past!!

Coming to our journal; this issue features an unprecedented twenty articles this time-one Editorial, one Invited Article, Seven Original Articles, three Review Articles, Five case reports, two CME Articles, and one article on Surgical Technique. While we are so happy to see the journal grow, we do realize, that this has been possible since you, the contributors have sent your work to the journal, trusting the journal to do justice to it, and ensure a quick, fair, and transparent review of the submission. We thank you for it, and commit ourselves to always ensuring a sympathetic, and fair review process. I must not fail to thank our reviewers who suffer a lot of haranguing from me and still labor on selflessly to review all the articles I send to them.

Having said that, we are a long way off from being a world class publication, a force to reckon with. A simple reason for this is that whatever we are doing is simply not enough. We need more articles, Original Articles, and we need more Reviewers who can contribute their time, and we need more reads and downloads and shares of the articles across the virtual world, across Social Media platforms. We need visibility, support, input of good academic content, and people ready to give their time and efforts for the journal.

We have come a long way; and it would be a shame if we could not reach where we definitely deserve to reach.


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