Both those numbers are good signs, especially for patients with chronic and high-risk conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Meanwhile, recent studies are indicating an increased risk of stroke or heart failure within a year of a Covid-19 infection.
All of us in the health care community should be encouraging the return to preventive care and ensuring every insured individual receives a comprehensive annual wellness ex.am. The exams can serve as a re-entry to routine health care and encourage a return to relevant screenings, such as exams for breast and colon cancer-which fell sharply during the pandemic.
Staying up to date on preventive care, chronic condition management and mental health concerns will be critical to mitigating the potentially long lingering effects of the pandemic.
Dr. Nancy K. Klotz is chief medical officer at Brighton Health Plan Solutions