The Aftermath of Coronavirus Disease 2019

Devastation or a New Dawn for Nephrology?

Rajiv Agarwal


Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2020;35(6):904-907. 

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When the pandemic is over, we will remember the vulnerability we faced, but perhaps more important we will remember the humility, courage and compassion that we witnessed. Our respect for people will grow, especially those who worked the frontlines, such as dialysis technicians, nurses and allied health workers, ambulance drivers and environmental health workers. They showed up for work every day to take care of patients who were fighting the virus. We will recognize that we could not have surmounted this pandemic alone; we needed their assistance. We will recognize and respect those who showed us the way forward, the people who forecasted the number of days for lockdowns and social distancing and those who made the critical decisions to keep society safe. We will also remember those who separated the fake news from real science with their scientific knowledge. For example, the social media amplification of COVID-19 was enormous and fact-checking by those trained in research methods and interpretation could inform the public about propaganda or false claims.

This is not the last time that the human race will face a pandemic. What we learn from this pandemic will decide how prepared we will be to face the next one. The answer to the question posed in the title is speculative, but I predict that Coronavirus will induce a rapid change in nephrology. In the end, we may wonder if all that was left behind by Corona was death and destruction—an eclipse—or was it a vibrant halo. In my view, nephrology will emerge stronger and better if we display the same solidarity we did while we fought the virus.