How to prevent 1.4Million deaths: advancing TB care and prevention in the time of Covid-19
The Union Courses Online. and Victoria MacDonald C. 05/20/20; 301150 Topic: Tuberculosis
Catharina Boehme, Cheri Vincent, Marijke Wijnroks, Tereza Kasaeva, Lucica Ditiu, José Luis Castro, Subrat Mohanty, Ingrid Schoeman and Victoria MacDonald
Catharina Boehme, Cheri Vincent, Marijke Wijnroks, Tereza Kasaeva, Lucica Ditiu, José Luis Castro, Subrat Mohanty, Ingrid Schoeman and Victoria MacDonald
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The Stop TB Partnership in collaboration with the Imperial College, Avenir Health and Johns Hopkins University commissioned modelling on the impacts of the initial COVID-19 response on the TB response. It made for stark depressing reading on the magnitude of the effect and sheer numbers of people who will die from TB and the steps back that will occur in TB care because of COVID-19. It is estimated that globally, a 3-month lockdown and a protracted 10-month restoration could lead to an additional 6.3 million cases of TB between 2020 and 2025, and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths during this time. As such, global TB incidence and deaths in 2021 would increase to levels last seen in between 2013 and 2016 respectively – implying a setback of at least 5 to 8 years in the fight against TB, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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