Welcome to the Special Issue of p2p e-Health Newsletter (Spring; Vol 2, No 2) of 2020. So far, the newsletter has produced five issues. Considering the outbreak of COVID-19, this number has been designated as a Special Issue.
It has been dubbed wildfire, hurricane, tsunami, the hidden enemy, World War III, and so forth. The novel coronavirus-2 of 2019 (2019 nCoV-2, SARS-CoV-2) has rocked the world, shaken the foundations of economies and social norms, and struck fear in people. It has stretched the limits of healthcare infrastructures, even those of the affluent West. The on-going pandemic has been an unequalled scourge of this century in its exponential transmission rate, its insidious attack on the unprepared human body and the rising fatality rate. A constellation of signs and symptoms, clinical course and emerging characteristics gave it the unique name CoronaVIrus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). The virus has spared no one (heads of states, royalties, movie stars, athletes and ordinary citizens), although it is claimed to disproportionately affect people with lower economic status, the genetically predisposed population groups, the immunocompromised, the elderly and those with other pre-existing underlying morbidities. It has claimed thousands upon thousands of lives, and wreaked havoc on the livelihood of millions. The medical research community and scientists in various disciplines are laboring day and night to arrest the spread of COVID-19, while researching on therapeutics (treatment and preventive)—drugs, convalescent plasma antibodies and vaccines. When all is said and done, there is a silver lining in the future. Drugs and vaccines will be developed. Public health measures will be coordinated in an efficient manner. The philosophy of emergency preparedness will engender paradigmatic shift in the way resources are stockpiled and mobilized.
In its various sections, this Special Issue features articles on COVID-19. Drs. Tilahun Adera, Ergeba Sheferaw and Sosena Kebede highlight the various aspects of COVID-19. The Ethiopian Diaspora High-Level Advisory Council on COVID-19 has produced important documents, for which links have been provided in this issue. Dr. Worku Abebe reviews the literature on substance abuse in Ethiopia. In the Spotlight Section of this issue, the careers of Prof Mammo Muchie and Dr. Tinsay Woreta are presented. Their impressive professional journeys (from two generations and two disciplines) are bound to inspire future scholars in innovation and medicine.
Fekadu Fullas, RPh. PhD
Editor in Chief (p2p e-Health Newsletter)
Sioux City, Iowa, USA