COVID's Impact on Non-communicable Diseases: What We Do Not Know May Hurt Us.

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In this review, we outline the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on non-communicable diseases around the world.

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The mechanisms of COVID-19's impact on non-communicable diseases are both direct and indirect. The direct mechanisms include direct vascular and myocardial injury as well as pancreatic injury increasing incidence of new-onset diabetes. Indirect effects of the pandemic on non-communicable disease include delayed presentation for acute illness including STEMI and the impact of social distancing and quarantine policies on socialization, mental health, physical activity, and the downstream health impacts of inactivity and deconditioning. International focus has been on disease variants, infection control and management, healthcare system, and resource utilization and infection incidence. However, the impact of this pandemic on non-communicable diseases has been largely overlooked but will manifest itself in the coming years to decades.





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Gordon Patti, Karl, and Payal Kohli (2022). COVID's Impact on Non-communicable Diseases: What We Do Not Know May Hurt Us. Current cardiology reports, 24(7). pp. 829–837. 10.1007/s11886-022-01704-6 Retrieved from

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Payal Kohli

Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine

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