The end of 2021 offers many opportunities to look back on the year that was and make predictions about what is to come. At the time of writing, modelling based on vaccination rates and plans for reopening the country are the trends du jour. Yet, in approaching the end of another year in which coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) has dominated medical, public health and media agendas, it is vital we take an opportunity to reflect on the impacts that the pandemic has had on Australia’s health system, including the way in which the crisis has spurred valuable innovation and reform. For me personally, experiencing this year as an MJA editor and a general practitioner working in Western Sydney, alongside being an expectant mother from a migrant background, has given me intersecting lenses through which to view the impact of the pandemic on medical publishing, clinical practice, and learning to “live with COVID”.
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