Covid-19 vs Tuberculosis: how to distinguish

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged the world. And not only in terms of the readiness of medicine to fight the new virus, but also in the ability to continue to resist other serious diseases, including tuberculosis. The statistics, which show a significant reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis, are in no hurry to rejoice. After all, the reason for the optimistic figures may be only the lack of detection of tuberculosis, according to the Center for Public Health.

In 2020, 17,593 cases of active tuberculosis, including recurrences, were registered in Ukraine. Per 100,000 population, the incidence rate is 42.2, which is almost 30% less than in the previous year. A similar situation with problems in the detection of tuberculosis is observed around the world as a result of measures to counter the pandemic.

According to the WHO, the estimated incidence in Ukraine is 34,000 cases (22,000 - 48,000) or 77 per 100,000 of us (from 50 to 110), respectively, the pandemic simply deepened the problem of undetectable tuberculosis.

According to modeling conducted by the WHO in 2020, it is determined that the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce the detection of tuberculosis, while mortality from this disease will increase. It is estimated that between 2020 and 2025, an additional 1.4 million TB deaths may be reported as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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