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COVID-19: Unraveling the evolving pandemic


D.P.P. Senasinghe

District General Hospital, Kegalle, LK
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Consultant Judicial Medical Officer
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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which originated at Wuhan, China in December 2019, has been named as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the perspective of the author and many others, it is much more than a health crisis. In addition to its impact on human health, it also can be characterized as an issue having several aspects including social, political, economic, human rights, logistical and global peace and security. The outbreak affects all segments of the population and is particularly damaging to the vulnerable groups including poor, immunosuppressed, with terminal illnesses, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, persons with disabilities, elderly living alone and displaced people. Evidence indicates that the health and economic impacts of the outbreak are being borne disproportionately by poor and many in middle class with their misery compounded by the strict actions taken by the governments in good faith. It is also becoming clear that the effect of COVID-19 upon systems brings an enormous challenge, since in many situations the systems do not have organized plan to face a pandemic of this nature, but it can be expected the resilient human race to come up with various innovations, mainly technological to face the current challenge despite apocalyptical predictions.
How to Cite: Senasinghe, D.P.P., 2020. COVID-19: Unraveling the evolving pandemic. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 11(1), pp.1–9. DOI:
Published on 17 May 2020.


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