In the news: The effects of COVID-19 on other infectious diseases

2021-01-29 12:00 AM
The crushing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic have strained healthcare systems and capacity around the world

Many communities have been responding to the pandemic and grappling with the collateral damage of COVID-19 on other public health crises, as seen by reports of increases in overdoses amid the opioid epidemic, Physical distancing measures and lockdowns have kept some infectious diseases from spreading as they normally would – for now. However, many programs and funding streams typically dedicated to providing essential healthcare services have been temporarily put on hold or redirected. This has created a vacuum for certain diseases to rebound and spread, which could have devastating and lasting consequences for millions.  We must continue to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 but we can’t risk ignoring other life-threatening diseases while these efforts are ongoing.

In this news round-up, we take a look at how COVID-19 impacts efforts to control or eradicate four infectious diseases around the world.