The Danse Macabre: Autobiography of COVID-19, the mysterious me!


  • Anuradha Joshi Creative Medical Andragogist MBBS, MSc. (Medical Pharmacology), Ph.D. Pharmacology Professor Pharmacology Parul Medical Institute of Science & Research Fellowship in Medical Education (CMCL FAIMER 2016: Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education) Past Faculty Advisor: CMCL FAIMER Advance Course in Medical Education (ACME 2014) Resource faculty at Nodal Centre for Faculty Development, Medical Education Unit Member AHPE (Academy of Health Profession Educators, India) Past AMEE member Member IPS (Indian Society Pharmacology), ISOP (Indian Society Pharmacovigilance) Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat, India-388325
  • Henil Upadhyay MBBS Graduate, Pramukhswami Medical College, Anand, Gujarat, India-388325
  • Devashish Palkar Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist MBBS, MD Psychiatry, PGDCH (Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis) Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and New Civil Hospital, Surat, Gujarat, India.
  • Haryax Pathak Resident Doctor, General Surgery Department, Pramukhswami Medical College, Anand, Gujarat, India-388325


Autobiography of COVID-19,, the mysterious me, Medical Education, COVID 19, COVID-19 infection


The year 2020 has faced one of history’s worst pandemics, especially in terms of economic disruption. Every individual is universally confronting the worst contagion since the post-1918 Spanish flu pandemic caused by the H1N1 virus [1]. Some analysis in relation to the Spanish flu has shown that the virus was deadly, as it triggered a "cytokine storm" which ravaged the immune system in all age groups, especially young adults [2]. Paradoxically, in COVID-19 infection, it is the elderly with co-morbidity who are at greater risk! With continuously rising numbers of confirmed cases, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating havoc amidst the entire human clan. Currently, it represents the pandemic of the century, with a mind-blowing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, including infinite deaths [3]. Moreover, global healthcare professionals are clueless about any specific therapy or cure.


. Taubenberger, Jeffery K., and David M. Morens. 1918 Influenza: the mother of all pandemics. Revista Biomedica 2006;17(1):69-79.

. Gagnon, Alain, Matthew S. Miller, Stacey A. Hallman, Robert Bourbeau, D. Ann Herring, David JD Earn, and Joaquin Madrenas. Age-specific mortality during the 1918 influenza pandemic: unravelling the mystery of high young adult mortality. PloS one 2013;8(8):e69586.

. Wang, Dawei, Bo Hu, Chang Hu, Fangfang Zhu, Xing Liu, Jing Zhang, Binbin Wang et al. Clinical characteristics of 138 hospitalized patients with 2019 novel coronavirus–infected pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Jama 2020;323(11): 1061-1069.

. Shakespeare, William. The complete works of William Shakespeare. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1914.

. Rawat, Mukesh. Coronavirus in India: Tracking country’s first 50 COVID-19 cases; what numbers tell. India Today 2020;12.

. Shakespeare, William, and Arthur Wilson Verity. As you like it. University Press, 1906.

. Lu, Hongzhou, Charles W. Stratton, and Yi‐Wei Tang. "Outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology in Wuhan, China: The mystery and the miracle." Journal of medical virology 2020;92(4):401.

. Ziebuhr, J. Create ten new species a new genus in the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae of the family Coronaviridae five new species a new genus in the subfamily Serpentovirinae of the family Tobaniviridae 2019.

. Cascella, Marco, Michael Rajnik, Abdul Aleem, Scott C. Dulebohn, and Raffaela Di Napoli. Features, evaluation, and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19)." Statpearls [internet] (2022).

. Sigal, Leonard H., and Afton L. Hassett. Commentary:‘What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’Shakespeare W. Romeo and Juliet, II, ii (47–48). International Journal of Epidemiology 2005:34(6):1345-1347.

. Corbet, Shaen, Yang Hou, Yang Hu, Brian Lucey, and Les Oxley. Aye Corona! The contagion effects of being named Corona during the COVID-19 pandemic.Finance Research Letters 2021;38:101591.

. Deshpandé, Rohit, and Gustavo A. Herrero. Corona Beer (A). Harvard Business School Case Services, 2001.

. Candido, Joseph. "Dining out in Ephesus: Food in the Comedy of Errors.Studies in English literature 1500-1900. 1990;30(2):30(2):217-241.

. Peeri, Noah C., Nistha Shrestha, Md Siddikur Rahman, Rafdzah Zaki, Zhengqi Tan, Saana Bibi, Mahdi Baghbanzadeh, Nasrin Aghamohammadi, Wenyi Zhang, and Ubydul Haque. The SARS, MERS and novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemics, the newest and biggest global health threats: what lessons have we learned?. International journal of epidemiology 2020;49(3):717-726.

. Lee, Jong-Wha, and Warwick J. McKibbin. Globalization and disease: The case of SARS. Asian economic papers 2004;3(1):113-131.

. Li, Fang. "Structure, function, and evolution of coronavirus spike proteins." Annual review of virology 2016;3(1):237.

. Zhu, Na, Dingyu Zhang, Wenling Wang, Xingwang Li, Bo Yang, Jingdong Song, Xiang Zhao et al. A novel coronavirus from patients with pneumonia in China, 2019." New England journal of medicine 2020.

. WHO. Coronavirus. 2020. https://www. who. int/health-topics/coronavirus. (Accessed 01/02/2020)

. Siddiqi, Hasan K., and Mandeep R. Mehra. COVID-19 illness in native and immunosuppressed states: A clinical–therapeutic staging proposal." The journal of heart and lung transplantation 2020;39(5):405-407.

. Boukhris, Marouane, Ali Hillani, Francesco Moroni, Mohamed Salah Annabi, Faouzi Addad, Marcelo Harada Ribeiro, Samer Mansour et al. Cardiovascular implications of the COVID-19 pandemic: a global perspective. Canadian Journal of Cardiology 2020;36(7):1068-1080.

. Vaduganathan, Muthiah, Orly Vardeny, Thomas Michel, John JV McMurray, Marc A. Pfeffer, and Scott D. Solomon. Renin–angiotensin–aldosterone system inhibitors in patients with Covid-19. New England Journal of Medicine 2020;382(17):1653-1659.

. Lau, Leung Che Miriam, and Wing Bo Anna Tso. Lesson 17: All That Glisters Is Not Gold”(Act 2, Scene 7). In Teaching Shakespeare to ESL Students, pp. 49-50. Springer, Singapore, 2017.

. Khan, Suliman, Rabeea Siddique, Muhammad Adnan Shereen, Ashaq Ali, Jianbo Liu, Qian Bai, Nadia Bashir, and Mengzhou Xue. Emergence of a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2: biology and therapeutic options." Journal of clinical microbiology 2020;58(5):e00187-20.

. Phan, Tung. "Genetic diversity and evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Infection, genetics and evolution 2020;81:104260.

. Wrapp, Daniel, Nianshuang Wang, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Jory A. Goldsmith, Ching-Lin Hsieh, Olubukola Abiona, Barney S. Graham, and Jason S. McLellan. "Cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike in the prefusion conformation. Science 2020;367(6483):1260-1263.

. Pachetti, Maria, Bruna Marini, Francesca Benedetti, Fabiola Giudici, Elisabetta Mauro, Paola Storici, Claudio Masciovecchio et al. Emerging SARS-CoV-2 mutation hot spots include a novel RNA-dependent-RNA polymerase variant." Journal of translational medicine 2020;18(1):1-9.

. Dong, Liying, Shasha Hu, and Jianjun Gao. Discovering drugs to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Drug discoveries & therapeutics 2020;14(1):58-60.

. Grzegorzewska, Malgorzata. Lady Macbeth: The Viscera of Conscience. In Volume 16, Tome II: Kierkegaard's Literary Figures and Motifs, pp. 101-110. Routledge, 2016.

. Al-Tawfiq, Jaffar A., Ali H. Al-Homoud, and Ziad A. Memish. Remdesivir as a possible therapeutic option for the COVID-19. Travel medicine and infectious disease 2020;34:101615.

. Colson, Philippe, Jean-Marc Rolain, Jean-Christophe Lagier, Philippe Brouqui, and Didier Raoult. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as available weapons to fight COVID-19. International journal of antimicrobial agents 2020;55(4):105932.

. Zhou, Xiaoyun, Centaine L. Snoswell, Louise E. Harding, Matthew Bambling, Sisira Edirippulige, Xuejun Bai, and Anthony C. Smith. The role of telehealth in reducing the mental health burden from COVID-19. Telemedicine and e-Health 2020;26(4):377-379.

. Kant, Ravi. Covid-19 Pandemic: Looking in the mind of students during lockdown. Pacific International Journal 2021;4(2):35-42.

. Shukla, A., and M. Dwivedi. Pessimism towards Optimism: Empowering University Students amid COVID-19. Tathapi 2020;19:149-159.

Additional Files



How to Cite

Joshi, A., Upadhyay, H., Palkar, D., & Pathak, H. (2023). The Danse Macabre: Autobiography of COVID-19, the mysterious me!. Parul University Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 2(1), 59–66. Retrieved from



Short Communications