Resilient healthcare

Care on hold: COVID's unintended side effects

19/11/2021 GIF

The pandemic caused massive disruptions in the treatment and preventative care of many unrelated health problems. Hospitals and medical professionals were at capacity, treating COVID-19 patients, and elective surgeries like knee and hip replacements had to be delayed.

Initial declines in cancer screening during the pandemic could have serious consequences down the line. The proportion of women screened for breast cancer within the last two years fell by an average of 9% across select countries in 2020, compared with 2019. Diagnostic delays have been shown to increase the mortality for multiple types of cancer. Screening for cancer can have a large impact on survival, as it is often imperative to begin medical interventions as early as possible.

See also: Health at a Glance 2021