Microbiological Advancements in the Post-COVID Era

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Uma BM

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Covid 19 pandemic had consumed the world since its onset in Dec 2019 when first case was detected in Wuhan China.The pandemic poseds a litmus test for the whole health care system of the country.Due to the unprecedented demand for testing with over whelming
number of samples,RTPCR labs, which were earlier used only for research purposes had to be set up on a war footing in all medical colleges and private hospitals.Not only this,the out break augmented the urgency to develop a number of robust rapid and
portable devices and instruments. Kit based tests were designed for a rapid turn around time, as opposed to conventional PCR. Virology labs all over India got a face lift and they were armoured with state of the art facilities. Apart from this, another aspect which gained
paramount importance was infection control. This aspect which was overlooked all these years, garnered all the attention and infection control practices, starting from simple hand hygiene, utility of PPE, and biomedical waste management, were all taken seriously
and came into daily practice. Lastly, this pandemic gave us a first hand experience of dealing with a pandemic and also an insight about how to go about an out break management. On the other hand its also worth while mentioning that this pandemic had siphoned all the attention of clinicians and scientisits,that other major concerns like MDR and TB and even chronic ailments like diabetes and hypertension havebeen neglected. This editorial is a peek into the influence of COVID 19 pandemic on different aspects
of Microbiology.

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Uma BM

MBBS, MD, Microbiology,Associate Professor,Dept of Microbiology, PES University institute of Medical
Sciences and research. Bangalore