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Emergency is over, however results of COVID-19 linger


May 27, 2023

In distinction to the excessive drama of SARS-CoV-2 virus getting into our lives three years in the past, the tip of the worldwide and nationwide pandemic public well being emergency was quiet and with out fanfare. But it left with many aftereffects. Together with the misinformation of the pandemic, misperception of the tip exists.

I’m nonetheless seeing a number of sufferers a day with COVID-19. This week, a affected person commented to me with shock when identified with COVID-19; she couldn’t perceive how she may have it because the pandemic was over. COVID-19, flu, RSV and lots of different viruses, and strep, are nonetheless being handed round, however in declining numbers. The top of the general public well being emergency doesn’t imply the tip of the virus.

A latest survey confirmed one in 10 adults within the U.S. have lengthy COVID signs, which interprets to hundreds of thousands. Eighty p.c of these report they’re unable to operate in day by day life as they did earlier than having COVID-19. These disabilities create new public well being points.

Beside lengthy COVID, the pandemic leaves in its wake a large number of points affecting people, households, communities, establishments, authorities companies and extra. It affected the general public’s well being with isolation, loneliness, job loss, monetary instability, sickness and grief. Society was affected in lots of areas, together with tradition, arts, media, sports activities, schooling, economic system, well being care, employment and extra.

On the latest World Well being Meeting in Geneva, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged reforms to arrange for the subsequent pandemic. A choice was made to just accept a significant funds hike and draft a pandemic treaty. Ghebreyesus said, “A dedication from this technology [to a pandemic accord] is vital, as a result of it’s the technology that skilled how terrible a small virus could possibly be.”

Restoration and development from the implications of the pandemic are the precedence now. Though many assume it’s throughout, the repercussions will outlive all of us who skilled it.

I had somewhat woman for a affected person this week cuddling her stuffed toy cat. I requested her what its identify was. She replied, “Covidkitty.” Her mom and I exchanged a tragic smile reflecting on the innocence and irony of a beloved stuffed cat named after a lethal virus.

Care for your self and another person.

Devoted Westfield Well being Division members have been working tirelessly all through the pandemic, in addition to Board of Well being members Juanita Carnes, FNP-BC, Carrie Hildreth-Fiordalice, and Stan Strzempko, M.D. We maintain working to maintain you secure.