Wednesday, August 5, 2020
In the uncertain times we are currently experiencing in healthcare, it can be very overwhelming to try to keep up with the ever-changing recommendations for health prevention. The current COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way healthcare providers are caring for patients by reducing the number of routine and preventative care visits to help focus our resources on the sick and acute care needs of our community. Also, many patients are fearful to go to healthcare facilities to get routine tests done right now out of worry they will be at a higher risk of becoming in contact with the virus. These changes in routine care have many health experts concerned there will be long term consequences due to the delay in care of many preventative screenings. This is estimated to lead to thousands of undiagnosed cancers that could have been treated earlier. Also, patients who defer management of their chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, could face harmful outcomes later down the road if these conditions are not managed correctly and efficiently.