The Impact of COVID-19 on Non-COVID Care and Population Health

Author: Joel Segel

Article Topics: health care, rural, hospitals Much of the attention surrounding COVID-19 has focused on the incidence, the risk factors, and the medical needs of COVID-19 patients as well as the profound economic impact of the pandemic. However, an increasing area of emphasis is the profound effect the pandemic has had on non-COVID related medical care. This has important impacts not only on population health but also the financial health of providers, which can be critical to ensuring ongoing access to care currently and into the future. Here I describe the potential non-COVID population health impacts of the pandemic and how those may…

Unintended mental health consequences of isolation precautions for patients hospitalized with COVID-19

Author: Theodore Demetriou, D.O.

Article Topics: mental health, hospitals As a physician, I have seen first-hand the mental health toll that the novel coronavirus is playing on patients hospitalized with the disease. Here I present the problem and a potential way to mitigate the damaging effects of isolation on patients’ mental health. There is an old adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When there is no cure, that ounce can lead to tons. In a world of antibiotic resistance and diseases with no real cure, isolation precautions are an expected standard of care. Patients are routinely placed on contact, droplet, airborne or reverse isolation…