COVID-19 pandemic is causing a secondary health care crisis

COVID-19 pandemic is causing a secondary health care crisis
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[Ed. – The virus that just keeps on giving.]

… [W]hile we remain focused on the urgent medical needs today, a secondary health care crisis is also brewing, and it threatens to be much larger than the crisis caused by the virus itself. It is the crisis of every other medical ailment that is being ignored, postponed or left untreated while we focus on coronavirus.

Federal and state governments have recommended a complete stoppage of all “non-urgent” procedures. Women cannot get annual mammograms. People with heart disease cannot get routine blood tests. Cancer screenings are becoming an afterthought. As a nation, we are in grave danger of pushing aside every aspect of medical care that is not related to COVID-19, and if we do not act quickly to balance our efforts, the conditions we are ignoring may incur a human cost that could far overshadow that of the virus.

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