Policy experts call for renewed interest in cardiovascular disease and public health as COVID-19 crisis shows signs of improvement


As the number of COVID-19 continues to decline and immunization rates continue to rise across the country, Smith called on healthcare providers, policymakers and others to speak more about “the challenges of most serious public health issues on the horizon and fewer COVID-19 ”. He also called the United States Task Force on Preventive Services (USPSTF), noting that their website could be improved by offering more information on how to help the country recover from the pandemic.

“The USPSTF website is filled with many important recommendations on how patients should be screened for various diseases,” Smith wrote. “There are recommendations on screening for vitamin D deficiency, colorectal cancer, hypertension, chlamydia, healthy weight, and so on. However, there are no statements or recommendations discussing crisis-level drops in virtually all types of significant screenings during COVID. For an organization charged with improving “the health of the population nationwide” by offering recommendations on screening and other preventive measures, this seems an omission.

Smith concluded by pointing out that, yes, the COVID-19 pandemic “was without doubt the most serious public health crisis in decades.”

At present, however, he said that “the nation must pivot and take more seriously the dangers of more traditional diseases, especially cardiovascular disease.”

The full report can be downloaded in PDF format from the Pioneer Institute website.

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