COVID's Impact on Health and Healthcare Workers.
Goldenberg, Don L.
xiii, 173 p.
Oxford University Press
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This text explores impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and healthcare workers in the United States, including factors associated with disease severity, hospitalizations and deaths, and the effect on other medical conditions. Following an introduction, Chapter 1 focuses on the symptoms and typical course of COVID-19 infections, from mild/moderate to severe. It explores fluctuations in the hospitalizations and mortality during the pandemic as well as the adverse impact of the pandemic on non-COVID urgent medical conditions. The next chapter reviews the individual risk factors for COVID infection and disease severity, including patient age, comorbidities such as obesity and diabetes, residence in long-term care facilitates, gender, and race/ethnicity. Chapter 3 provides a detailed evaluation of the impact of the pandemic on healthcare workers and on hospitals. The next two chapters focus on the major changes in primary care and specialty practices as a result of the pandemic, including the expansion of telemedicine. Chapter 6 highlights the negative impact of misinformation and disinformation during the pandemic. The following chapter focuses on persistent medical problems, long after the initial COVID infection, including potential organ damage and multiple, unexplained symptoms. It also explores the potential mental health fallout in the general population. The final chapter recommends some approaches to aid the pandemic recovery and to help prevent similar future disasters: make public health a national priority, erase healthcare inequities, improve care of the elderly and long-term care facilities, shore up primary care, ensure the well-being of healthcare workers, and foster public confidence in science. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; WORKER SAFETY; CHILD WELFARE WORKERS; WORKER SAFETY