Health Editor’s Note: With the medical safety restrictions placed on the world during this time of pandemic, the more usual diseases and disorders are often going undiagnosed and untreated. People have been forced to delay important treatments for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental health care, etc. either because those offering the services were unable to deal with face to face issues or because of the patient’s fear of contracting COVID-19 at a healthcare facility.
Most healthcare facilities have very adequate and safe routines to ensure the safely of patients. Call your healthcare provider, make an appointment if you need to be treated, follow the safety rules and make sure you take care of yourself. Just because coronavirus has arrived and seems to be in no hurry to leave, does not mean that you can ignore your health. Seek treatment and stay as healthy as you can possibly be. People have died by avoiding seeking diagnosis and treatment. People have died and are at risk to die from issues other than COVID-19. Your life is still moving forward…Carol
As wave of Covid-19 cases crashes, a surge in other health conditions looms
by Meghana Keshavan/STAT News
The Covid-19 crisis has washed across the United States like a tidal wave. And experts say it has set the stage for dangerous ripple effects, with Americans suffering from a decline in conditions they are failing to have treated because of the pandemic.
“There’s a huge, massive wave coming up behind us, because people have delayed vital care in terms of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease,” said Garth Graham, vice president of community health at CVS Health, speaking at a virtual Milken Institute conference this week. The same underlying health conditions, he added, can exacerbate the severity of Covid-19 — particularly if left unchecked.
Graham was joined on the panel by other health leaders who echoed his concerns — and emphasized the importance of people staying in close contact with their physicians.
“People are ignoring serious things like chest pain and appendicitis that can be treated early and safely,” said Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association. “It’s important to keep the lines of communication with health providers open — even in the Covid era.”
Telemedicine, in which patients can remotely communicate with their doctors, has expanded substantially during the pandemic. ....read more: