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Infections – We Might Run but We Cannot Hide


Thorp, John M., Jr. (2021). Infections - We Might Run but We Cannot Hide. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 128(6), 943.


An unintended consequence of living within an ongoing pandemic is a recapitulation of how vulnerable we are as humans to novel infections entering our populations. Prior to COVID 19, we could take infectious diseases and the underlying basic sciences of microbiology and immunology for granted, as we lived our lives assuming that powerful antibiotics, clean food and water, and vaccinations would keep us safe from all alarms. That false assurance evaporated early in 2020 and now the clerk at the coffee shop and my neighbor are self‐taught epidemiologists and virologists dispensing their new found wisdom to all who will stop and listen. No one could have imagined that double masking, R‐naught, viral variants, and bat reservoirs would be part of daily discourse. BJOG has never lost sight of how important the invisible world of microbes is in human health and this issue highlights that awareness with infections and human‐microbe interactions both old and new.


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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Thorp, John M., Jr.