COVID-19 is Disrupting TB Diagnosis 

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, Tuberculosis

COVID-19 is Disrupting TB Diagnosis 

By: Alaine Umubyeyi Nyaruhirira

Nyaruhirira AU (2022) COVID-19 is Disrupting TB Diagnosis. J Med Diagn Meth. 11: 370.

The pandemic has undermined progress made in the last decade in part because access to timely diagnosis of these opportunistic infections has been displaced by the diversion of resources to COVID-19. That’s in large part because diagnostic technology and the lab networks in which they operate is largely siloed, with technology designated for specific disease programs.

Testing for different diseases often operates under separate rules and safety standards, requiring separate staff and transport requirements. SARS-CoV-2 detection itself in some countries is limited by weak and uncoordinated laboratory systems, insufficient laboratory equipment and personal protective equipment.

What’s the best approach to using both existing and new technologies to address the COVID-19 pandemic and coexisting major public health challenges-without jeopardizing the gains in diagnostic access for TB, HIV, and other diseases?