Two clocks ticking down in the corners of an ancient plague
A recent report from the WHO released two days ago reckons that 1.4 million fewer people have accessed treatment for TB during 2020 compared to 2019.[i] Is this because they weren’t getting sick? Or maybe it was because they were otherwise getting sick from COVID-19? No - it was simply because they were either too frightened to go to TB clinics, were physically locked down, or because the TB clinics had basically shut down because the staff had been switched to COVID control
When is a pandemic NOT a pandemic?
Every March 24th is World TB Day but there’s a good chance it will get even less of a mention than ever in the media this year, and this will be for an obvious reason – the coronavirus pandemic. TB certainly escaped the media's radar this time last year. Here in the UK, for instance, on March 24th last year we’d just gone into our first lockdown so we were totally focused on that. What's more, just two weeks earlier (on March 11th) the WHO had officially declared the coronavi