The pandemic has been a huge challenge for people with lung disease – Dr Nick Hopkinson outlines what needs to change to provide them with the required support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a double impact on people with lung disease – both the impact of the condition itself as well as measures to avoid it on individuals and the impact on access to healthcare. COVID-19 is a respiratory infection, with people with COPD and severe asthma among those who are the most vulnerable. Many people with these conditions have spent a year shielding to avoid it.
- Individuals’ vulnerability to COVID-19,
- Worrying what the experience of contracting COVID-19 would be like,
- Uncertainty about the future,
- The inadequacy of government response.
Many patients reported that their care had been disrupted, with reduced support available and face to face appointments replaced by remote options. (more…)