2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for me. During the early months of the pandemic, it felt like life had come to a halt with uncertainty gripping in. COVID-19 has impacted almost every area of our lives and we continue learning the lessons that are sure to influence how we manage public health globally. 2020 has taught me, rather all of us, the crucial role public health has in our lives. The role of physicians, front-line health workers, scientists, and public health officials in handling the complexity of the situation, and taking necessary steps to maintain a healthy and safe society, was inspiring and humbling. This pandemic has provided me with more motivation to continue to learn and strive to be a better public health leader so that one day I am prepared to help when called upon. Methods or systems for early warnings for future health crises and creative global partnerships to create a better world will be something I would look forward to working upon.


For 2021, I am hopeful that we will continue investing in better public health infrastructure to fight against COVID-19 and promote a healthier population beyond the pandemic.

Utkarsha Telang, SEAR

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