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The outbreak of coronavirus and the infectious disease it causes (COVID-19) have taken different paths around the world, with countries experiencing different rates of infection, case prevalence and mortality.

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Editorial 30 March 2021

Too long to wait: the impact of COVID-19 on elective surgery.

The Lancet Rheumatology

As health-care systems worldwide scrambled to cope with the first wave of COVID-19, many countries made the necessary decision to cancel all non-emergency surgical procedures to free up personnel and resources to care for patients with COVID-19. Nearly 10 million people in the UK are now waiting for surgical procedures, up from 4 million before the pandemic hit. Among them are nearly 100 000 patients whose joint replacement surgeries were cancelled during the first COVID-19 wave, many of whom are left struggling with daily activities because of severe pain and limited mobility. The UK is not alone in this dilemma; a US report projected a backlog of more than 1 million joint and spinal surgeries by mid-2022. Drastic measures will be required to clear these backlogs.Although elective surgeries resumed in the UK (and many other countries) in mid-2020, most hospitals are functioning...
Event 22 January 2021, 12:00 pm

Webinar: Macroeconomic and health impact of COVID: the meeting of two communities

This webinar intends to bring together those two communities to discuss the challenges of combining macroeconomic and epidemiological modelling , with a focus on LMICs. We will first discuss the work of Marcus Keogh Brown and Henning Jensen, Associate Professors at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the macroeconomic impact on the Pakistan economy of Covid-19 and non-pharmaceutical interventions.