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Covid-19: weathering the storm

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 26 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1199

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COVID phenomenon: An innovative conceptual coinage in human development and sustainable development in the 21st Century

The ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’ is an ‘Unusual Inexplicable Occurrence’ in the 21st Century with a ‘Ragingly Ravaging Devastation’ across all nations of the World; It is a ‘Storm’! The extant ‘Contemporary Pandemic Conversation’ was stimulated, in part, by the discourse on ‘Weathering the Storm’ [1]. Several ‘Challenges Conversation’ regarding ‘Weathering the Storm’ dissected many ‘COVID-19 Pandemic Aspects’: ‘Coronavirus Issues’, ‘Intervention Issues’ and ‘Sustainable Benefits Issues’ [2-5]! From these ‘Communications’, the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’ is unquestionably a ‘Tasking Assault’ on ‘World Emergency Preparedness Capacity’ and the World was completely ‘Off Guard’ and ‘Guards Down’! Being a ‘Novel Coronavirus Infection’, the ‘Scientific Mathematical Projection Models’ and ‘Disease Predicted Numbers/ Data’ suggest a ‘Pandemic’ that is ‘Rapidly Dynamically Transmuting’ thereby overwhelming the ‘Programmatic Interventions’ and ‘Critical Care Capacities’ worldwide!! The ‘Pandemic’ is, indeed, the ‘Great Equalizer’ as ‘ALL Strata’ in ‘ALL Spheres’ are afflicted: The ‘World’s Greatest Economies’/ ‘Least Economies’, the ‘Elderly’/ ‘Newborn/ Young’, the ‘Healthy and Well’/ ‘Chronically Ill/ Those with Pre-existing Morbidities’, ‘Males’/ ‘Females’, the ‘Immuno-Competent with potential ‘Cytokines Storm’ in response’/ ‘Immuno-Compromised’, the ‘Highest Personalities in Countries’/ ‘Lowest Personalities in Countries’ etc!!! The ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’ is, indeed, a 21st Century ‘Phenomenon’; It is a ‘Human Existential Cataclysm’ and a ‘Human-quaking Experience’!!!!

It has become imperative to ‘Conceptualize’ on an ‘Innovative Technicalization’ approximating to the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic Phenomenon’ in the ‘Context of Human Existence and Development’. It is hereby posited that an ‘Innovative Term/ Nomenclature’ referred to as ‘COVID PHENOMENON’ debuts into ‘Human Development and Sustainable Development Lexicon’! This,’Intellectualizing, Contextualizing, Conceptualizing and Technicalizing’, is for ‘Human Development Lexicographic Capture’!!

‘COVID PHENOMENON’/ Definition and Etymology: The ‘COVID PHENOMENON’ is suggested as any ‘Occurrence’ that significantly impacts on virtually ALL ‘Aspects of Human Existence and Development’ whether ‘Positively’ and/ or ‘Negatively’! Etymologically, ‘COVID’ is an ‘Acronym-Alphabetism-Initialism’ coined from ‘COronaVIrus Disease (COVID)’. The ‘COVID’, as a ‘Term’, is now adopted, not as the ‘Disease’, to imply the ‘Unusual Ubiquitous Impactful Human Existential and Developmental Occurrence’!! This is similar to ‘UNICEF’ as an ‘Acronym’ from ‘United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)’ now adopted, not as the ‘Emergency Intervention’, to be ‘United Nations Children’s Fund’!! As ‘UNICEF’ evokes ‘Children-related Issues’ so also ‘COVID’ educes ‘Unusual Human Existential and Developmental Issues’. For ‘Phenomenon’, it is an ‘Occurrence’ that is ‘Observable’, ‘Scientifically Describable’, ‘Of Unusual Quality’, ‘Beyond Explanation’, ‘Of Uncertain Cause’, etc! So, any ‘Phenomenal Occurrence’ with the ‘COVID Characteristics’ constitutes a ‘COVID PHENOMENON’!! This is thus an ‘Anachronym’ deriving from the ‘COVID Acronym’ as a ‘Metaphorical Extrapolation’!! The ‘Anachronymous Concept’ MUST not be misunderstood with the ‘Homophonous Anacronym’!!! With the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’, some ‘Coinages’ (‘COVIDISM’, ‘COVIDIOT’ etc) have found loci in the ‘Lexicographic Expansion of the Times’ and are strictly related to the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’. In contradistinction, ‘COVID PHENOMENON’ is an ‘Anachronymous Derivation’ of the ‘Pandemic’ and, therefore, can be appropriately applied to ‘ALL Human Existential and Developmental Experience/ Occurrence’ and MUST not necessarily be related to the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’!

To qualify as a ‘COVID PHENOMENON’, an ‘Occurrence’ MUST significantly impact on virtually ALL ‘Aspects of Human Existence/ Development’ as for the ‘Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)’/ ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)’! The United Nations, in September 2015, adopted the ‘17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ to drive ‘Sustainable Development’ for Humanity [6]. The ‘COVID PHENOMENON’ of the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’ can be gleaned from the ‘Pandemic Impact’ on the ’17 SDGs’ and, therefore, on ‘Human Existence/ Development’ and, indeed, on ‘Sustainable Development’ [7,8]!! A ‘Tantalizing Teaser’ of the ‘COVID-19 Pandemic-SDGs Nexus’ is disposed herewith:

1. SDG1: No Poverty; Pandemic Economically Devastating and Economic Stimulus Packages as ‘Palliatives’.

2. SDG2: Zero Hunger; Same as for SDG1. ‘Cleaner Air’, from ‘Mitigation Measures’, supports ‘Food Security’ and ‘Improved Nutrition’.

3. SDG3: Good Health and Well-being; Pandemic Devastating with Gory Mortality Numbers/ Data. Global Interventions addressing ALL ‘Aspects of Health and Universal Health Coverage’. WHO ‘Holistic Health’ includes ‘Spirituality-Religion’[9] heightened by the ‘Pandemic’. ‘Virtual Religious Worships’ now pervading!

4. SDG4: Quality Education; Schools Shutdown-Lockdown. ICT-compliant Interventions as ‘Alternatives’: Cloud-based Technology, Webchool-Webinar, Virtual Classrooms, etc!

5. SDG5: Gender Equality; Pandemic Devastation not Discriminatory/ Interventions not also Discriminatory

6. SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation; Pandemic more Devastating with unsatisfactory Hygiene/ Sanitation. Precautionary Measures amplify Hand-washing Technique/ Improved Sanitation with attention to ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)!

7. SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy; Pandemic affected ‘Off-Grid Companies’, ‘Energy Developers’ and ‘Solar Home Systems Solutions’ and ‘Development Partners/ Investment’. ‘Pandemic Interventions’ include ‘Relief Support Measures’ for ‘Developers of Mini-Grid Systems’, etc!

8. SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Massive Unemployment with Pandemic and Economic Stimulus Package with Promised ‘Cash Handouts’/ ‘Repayments Moratorium’, etc

9. SDG9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Pandemic Devastating; Repurposing of Industries for ‘Critical Care Essentials Production’; Innovations re: Vaccines-Drugs Production/ Trials; ‘Infrastructural Repurposing/ Restructuring’; ‘Population Diversity and Resilience’!

10. SDG10: Reduced Inequalities; Pandemic Devastating and possibly more in some ‘Disadvantaged/ Minority Populations’. Interventions bridging the ‘Gaps/ Inequalities’!

11. SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; Pandemic Devastating and ‘Resilience Stretched’. Interventions bolstering ‘Functional Cities/ Communities with improved Resilience and Population Diversity’.

12. SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Pandemic Devastating with Consumption/ Production altered. ‘Mitigation Measures’ also impactful on Consumption/ Production!

13. SDG13: Climate Action; Shutdowns-Lockdowns/ No Air Travels and Stay at Home Orders worldwide have created ‘Improved Air Quality/ Cleaner Air’; Massively ‘Reduced Emissions/ Pollutants’!

14. SDG14: Life below Water; ‘Mitigation Measures’ have implications for better ‘Aquatic Health and Life’

15. SDG15: Life on Land; Pandemic Devastating and ‘Interventions’ Protective of the Environment

16. SDG16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Pandemic has forced ‘World Peace’ and ‘Interventions’ reinforced same. The UN called for ‘Global Ceasefire’!

17. SDG17: Partnerships for the Goals; Pandemic is Worldwide and’ Interventions’ have ‘Global Collaboration/ Partnerships’: Governments, Private Sectors, NGOs-CSOs and Individuals all involved in Charitable Donations/ Relief Packages’!

Just as ‘COVID-19 Pandemic’ can be described as a ‘COVID PHENOMENON’, the World can also ‘Conceptualize Breastfeeding’ as another such ‘Phenomenon’ and hence the ‘2016 WABA Theme for the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration’ was ‘Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development’ with ‘Breastfeeding-SDGs Nexus’!

This ‘Communication’ disposes an ‘Innovative Programmatic Lexicographic Coinage’ for ‘Human Development’ and ‘Sustainable Development’: ‘COVID PHENOMENON’!

1. Godlee F. COVID-19: Weathering the storm. BMJ 2020; 368:m1199 of 26th March 2020
2. Eregie C.O. COVID-19 Pandemic: The difficult unresolved increasing challenges in weathering the storm. of 31st March 2020
3. Eregie C.O. COVID-19 Pandemic: Still on the difficult unresolved increasing challenges in weathering the storm. of 2nd April 2020
4. Eregie C.O. COVID-19 Pandemic: Further perspectives on the difficult unresolved increasing challenges in weathering the storm. of 5th April 2020
5. Eregie C.O. COVID-19 Pandemic: The daunting challenges of assuring sustainable benefits from weathering the storm. of 8th April 2020
6. UNDP. Sustainable Development Goals. Accessed 6th April 2020
7. SDG Index. SDSN Public Opinion Survey: Covid-19 Impacts on the SDGs. of 31st March 2020
8. UNDP. Coronavirus disease COVID-19 Pandemic: Humanity needs leadership and solidarity to defeat the coronavirus. Accessed 6th April 2020
9. Eregie C.O. Religion, spirituality and medicine: a further imperative for ‘medical socioeconosophy (MSE)’ in medical education improvement. of 29th January 2020

Professor Charles Osayande Eregie,
MBBS, FWACP, FMCPaed, FRCPCH (UK), Cert. ORT (Oxford), MSc (Religious Education),
Professor of Child Health and Neonatology, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.
Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.
UNICEF-Trained BFHI Master Trainer,
ICDC-Trained in Code Implementation,
*Technical Expert/ Consultant on the FMOH-UNICEF-NAFDAC Code Implementation Project in Nigeria,
*No Competing Interests.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 April 2020
Professor of Child Health and Neonatology, University of Benin and Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. Also, UNICEF-Trained BFHI Master Trainer and ICDC-Trained in Code Implementaion. Also a Technical Expert/ Consultant on FMOH-UNICEF-NAFDAC Project on Code Implementation in Nigeria
Institute of Child Health, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City