According to health experts, the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is driving the recurrence of diseases, which may be more deadly than COVID-19.
In dozens of countries, diagnosed cases of tuberculosis, HIV and malaria have plummeted. According to the New York Times, clinics, equipment, and medicines used to diagnose and treat patients with these diseases have been converted on a large scale to fight the coronavirus pandemic, making health officials have to worry about them that they may be large-scale in the disease. Relapse and fight.
The government shutdown has also disrupted the supply line, especially for poor countries, it is difficult to obtain drugs to treat malaria and AIDS. As a result, the patient can dangerously stretch the limited remaining medication or stop taking the medication altogether, putting themselves and others at risk.
India has recorded more than a quarter of global tuberculosis cases. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the diagnosis of the disease has fallen by 75%, and the lack of treatment for people threatens the spread of the disease. Similar trends are being replicated in other countries such as China and Brazil.
Dr. Lucica Ditiu told The New York Times: “The more things you leave undiagnosed and untreated, the more things you will have next year and the following year.” Ditiu leads a team of 1
“It’s really hard to digest,” Didiu said. “It took a lot of work to get to where we are now. We are not on the top of the mountain, but we are far from the top. But then an avalanche came and pushed us to the bottom of the valley.”
Dr. Giorgio Franyuti, head of the advocacy organization “Medical Impact”, has seen similar trends in Mexico. Sick tuberculosis patients were entering the hospital with flu-like symptoms, were diagnosed with COVID-19, and were sent home only a few months later due to serious health problems related to their misdiagnosis.
Franjuti said: “No one is tested for tuberculosis in any institution.” “The minds of clinicians and policy makers in Mexico are stuck on Covid-19.”
Tuberculosis is the biggest monster among them. If we talk about deaths and epidemics, there are 10 million cases every year,” Franyuti continued. Currently, the global coronavirus death toll is close to 700,000, although this number may vary widely due to misreporting by countries such as Iran and China. The US State Department stated that the reports of these two countries were inaccurate.
There are reports that after parents chose not to vaccinate their children with diseases such as diphtheria, cholera and measles, the amount of vaccination for deadly diseases in the United States and around the world has dropped sharply, leading to an increase in the prevalence of deadly diseases. Parents worry that going to the hospital or clinic for the necessary vaccinations will expose them to the coronavirus. Now, diseases that have long been believed to be treated are reappearing at an alarming rate.
“The last thing that is collateral damage to Covid-19 is the outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases. We can almost certainly see whether vaccine intake will continue to decline,” said Dr. Sean T. O’Leary of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The disease committee member said in April.
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