Coronavirus (981) Lancet COVID-19 Commission Statement (3)

16 September, 2020

Prof. Ana's comment on infodemics hits the nail on the head.

To the issues related to disinformation, I would like to add that reputed journals such as Lancet, BMJ (that the world takes seriously) should not be in a rush to be the first to publish research studies without due verification, irrespective of who the author is.

In an academic world of "Publish or Perish", the chances are high that citations and systematic reviews are beginning to matter more than evidence from original research (more time consuming, hence appear later in a journal).

Invited articles and perspectives from eminent scientists with experience in handling the Pandemic may inform us more than all the Open access articles (quickies) that are contributing to the infodemic today.

Thanks and regards,


HIFA profile: Sunanda Kolli Reddy is a Developmental Paediatrician from New Delhi,India, with a special interest in Early Child Care and Development of children with neurodevelopmental problems in underserved communities. She is actively involved in health promotion, community-based research, care provider training for promoting abilities of children with special needs, through the various programmes of Centre for Applied Research and Education on Neurodevelopmental Impairments and Disability-related Health Initiatives (CARENIDHI), which she heads ( Her work in the community settings to widen the disability-in-development model of CBR encompasses the wider determinants of health and human capabilities and issues which impact the lives of the poor. She combines her experience in developmental paediatrics with the core work of CARENIDHI's grassroots convergence programmes in partnership with groups working in the area of Implementation research and policy. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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