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Importance of Balanced Attention Toward Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Authors
 Ju Yeong Kim  ;  Singeun Oh  ;  Moonsoo Yoon  ;  Tai-Soon Yong 
Citation
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.64(6) : 351-358, 2023-06 
Journal Title
YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
2023-06
MeSH
Attention ; COVID-19* ; Coinfection* / epidemiology ; Humans ; Pandemics ; Quality of Life ; SARS-CoV-2
Keywords
COVID-19 ; Neglected diseases ; diagnostic errors ; parasites
Abstract
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, has been spreading since 2019, causing a worldwide pandemic. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria have adversely affected the quality of life of patients and killed millions of people. In addition, COVID-19 continues to impede the delivery of health services, including those for the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Furthermore, NTDs have been reported as possible co-pathogens among patients infected with COVID-19. However, studies regarding parasitic co-infection among these patients have been limited. This review aimed to explore and describe the cases and reports of parasitic infections in the backdrop of COVID-19 to provide comprehensive knowledge regarding this aspect. We reviewed seven cases of patients who had parasitic co-infection and tested positive for COVID-19, and summarized the literature on the importance of controlling parasitic diseases. In addition, we identified recommendations for the control of parasitic diseases under possible difficulties, such as declining funding for parasitic diseases in 2020. This review highlights the growing burden of NTDs under COVID-19 that may be caused by the deficiency of healthcare infrastructure and human resources as the main reasons. Clinicians should remain vigilant for possible co-infections with parasites in COVID-19 patients, while policymakers are urged to reinforce a balanced and long-term health strategy that addresses both NTDs and COVID-19.
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DOI
10.3349/ymj.2022.0656
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Yonsei Authors
Kim, Ju Yeong(김주영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2456-6298
Yong, Tai Soon(용태순) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3445-0769
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/197666
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