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12 Months of COVID-19 Eliminated 12 Years of Progress in the Global Fight Against TB

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  80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru     Aug 1, 2021

   2 min     



Twelve months into the Covid-19 pandemic has completely reversed 12 years of global progress against TB, worse than earlier estimated.

The pandemic has led to a nearly 25% decrease in TB diagnosis and treatment across the world, as per the research published by a coalition working to end tuberculosis.

Because of the impact of the Covid pandemic on healthcare services, the number of people diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis in the worst-affected nations has fallen back to 2008 levels, stated Lucica Ditiu- Stop TB Partnership's executive director.

"Twelve years of remarkable gains in the battle against tuberculosis – including in decreasing the number of people who were blown from TB care – have been tragically converted by another virulent respiratory infection," said the director.

"We hope that in 2021, we prepare well and smartly address, at the same time, tuberculosis and Covid-19 as two airborne diseases with comparable symptoms."

The effect on nations across the globe has depended on their existent disease burden. Data from developing nations such as South Africa and India showed people infected with both tuberculosis and Covid-19 are thrice as much likely to die as those infected with TB alone, suggesting that preventive steps such as testing and contact tracing are essential in keeping the rates low.

However, although tuberculosis has been around us since the age of the pharaohs, the only authorised vaccine is 100 years old and does not fully work, notably in adults. First-line treatment for tuberculosis is many decades old, and drug resistance is on the surge, while the millions of people with tuberculosis who are not detected and treated live at the risk of transmitting the disease."

Each year, tuberculosis infects around 10 million people and kills approximately 1.5 million people, which is more than any other infectious disease. Therefore, even though Covid-19 overtook tuberculosis in 2020 as the most common cause of death from an infectious disease, tuberculosis still kills more people than Covid in low- as well as middle-income nations.

Many nations have battled hard to reverse the setbacks. India's health ministry integrated TB outreach into Covid-19 programming after seeing a 70% drop in tuberculosis notifications in the initial four months of 2020.

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Tags:  Diseases ,bacterial infections,Allergies and Infections,viral infection,virus infection,Covid-19 pandemic, tuberculosis, TB diagnosis

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