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Preventive Care Continues to Decline During the Pandemic

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By    |   Friday, 11 September 2020 02:46 PM

Preventive care plummeted in April during the height of the pandemic and experts say it hasn’t bounced back despite medical offices reopening. A new analysis shows that childhood vaccinations dropped by 60% in earlier in the pandemic and are still down 30% from 2019 statistics. The number of mammograms and Pap smears performed were down 80% in the spring and by June, only 25% of women had these procedures compared to last year’s figures.

According to The Hill, data from nationwide health claims shows significant declines in preventive healthcare, with colonoscopies leading the pack with a whopping 90% fewer procedures.

Experts warn that preventive healthcare is important to the well-being of Americans and especially children, according to The Hill. Angela Shen, a research scientist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said that the decrease in vaccinations for both children and adults is worrisome. She told Scientific American “we have to be mindful that we don’t wind up with an epidemic of vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Medical tests of all kinds plummeted during the coronavirus outbreak according to a report by Komodo Health. Cervical cancer screenings fell by 68 percent, cholesterol panels were down 67 percent, and blood sugar tests to detect and manage diabetes fell 65 percent in the U.S.

Millions of Americans have postponed critical tests as residents obeyed stay-at-home orders, according to Fox News.

“We’re seeing a tremendous impact on preventative care,” said Komodo Health Chief Executive Dr. Arif Nathoo. “It speaks volumes as to how much COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s health and wellness.”

Dr. David Tom Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health, told Reuters that while his cancer patients are getting treatment, he worries that new cancers will go undetected until they are more advanced and less treatable.

“We’re not doing cancer screenings, such as mammography for breast cancer, and lung cancer screening,” he said. “There is concern that we are delaying standard care of treatment for patients with potentially curable cancers.”

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Preventive care plummeted in April during the height of the pandemic and experts say it hasn't bounced back despite medical offices reopening. A new analysis shows that childhood vaccinations dropped by 60% in earlier in the pandemic and are still down 30% from 2019...
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