Preparing for a New Landscape
How we will deal with the pandemic of neglected chronic eye disease following the COVID-19 lockdown
Livia Faes, Dawn Sim, Pearse Keane, Konstantinos Balaskas, Lucas M. Bachmann | | Opinion
Hindsight is a cruel judge. When reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, a singular emphasis on infection and associated death rates provides an incomplete picture of the health, well-being and socio-economic impact this disease will have on populations globally. Inevitably, severe cutbacks in everyday medical care have led to disruption in provision for diseases that are the most frequent causes of morbidity and mortality outside a pandemic. Undersupply of care is also observed for many chronic diseases that do not lead directly to death, but to increased complications, more severe courses, a reduction in quality of life, and more complex and risky treatments.
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