|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 388-389
Has COVID-19 changed long-term clinical practice – The new abnormal?
Saloni Gupta1, Sahil Agrawal2
1 Department of Ophthalmology, Northern Railway Central Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Ophthalmology, Oculoplasty and Paediatric Ophthalmology Services, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||14-Jun-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||15-Jun-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||08-Dec-2021|
Dr. Sahil Agrawal
Oculoplasty, Ocular Oncology and Peadiatric Ophthalmology Services, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Gupta S, Agrawal S. Has COVID-19 changed long-term clinical practice – The new abnormal?. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2021;33:388-9
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 officially as a pandemic after casking through 114 countries in 3 months and infecting over 118,000 people with an incessant spread ever since. Pandemics have large-scale outbreaks of infectious disease with a high morbidity and mortality load across the globe and cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. COVID-19 is caused by a new strain that was not previously found in humans. It has been straining health systems worldwide and is expected to cause an economic recession matchless in a recent history.
In the causatum of COVID-19, there will be significant lined up demand for health-care services. This pandemic has put the notoriety on digital health tools such as telehealth and remote monitoring as health-care professionals had to swivel to technology to take care of patients quickly. Thereby making digital health from a “nice to have” to a must-have. Even in remote places of a geographically diverse country, the increased use of technology and opening up telemedicine will improve access to health care. Innovations of at-home diagnostic equipment will enhance the ability of professionals to do remote virtual care. In addition to virtual checkups, hospitals and clinics will stick COVID-era operations, visitor, and design protocols together long, well after the pandemic.
As emergent takes pre-eminence over critical, the entire system is likely to miss opportunities for timely diagnosis and treatment of other diseases due to the focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and containment of the pandemic. Patients with chronic disease, keeping on one's toes of going out, or facing difficulties in migrating due to lockdown restriction might end up with long-term sequelae because of missing on treatment. These will raise the overall burden of diseases in a region to a certain extent by eventually raising the possibility of complications and worsening the disease.
Health systems will recognize and consider that patients may not want to get surgery in a hospital; they will need to be reassured that it is safe to enter hospitals and other health-care facilities. For those who have put off elective surgeries and procedures, some organizations with ambulatory surgery centers will start providing patients with the option to have their surgery in such places.
Another significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on how patients work and live with social distancing measures. With that in mind, there will be advancements in drones and robotics in the consumer world including delivering medicines to reduce the number of people who interact with other people.
Public current concerns with personal hygiene maintenance, using mainly nose/mouth protection, anti-infections material for environment and clothing, and hand sanitizers, will go a long way. This consumption may remain in behavioral reflexes of the public, globally, and locally, with the pandemic's extended period.
Thus, as we face this prodigious confrontation and focus consummating through with minimum gnaw to human lives, health-care scenario, and clinical practice have to go a long way to unravel ulterior opportunities. Has COVID-19 changed long-term clinical practice? Yes absolutely, and by identifying these changes and impacts, may guide health-care professionals in evidence-informed devising and decision-making to tackle associated challenges.
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