An Ounce of Prevention Is Still Worth a Pound of Cure, Especially in the Time of COVID-19

Karen A. Hacker, MD, MPH; Peter A. Briss, MD, MPH


Prev Chronic Dis. 2021;18(1):e03 

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Chronic disease care has always been essential, and providing this care has become challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as a result of delays in care and inadequate access. Now is the time to work together to improve awareness of the need for prevention and care and to encourage the safe utilization of needed care and the effective self-management of chronic diseases. Otherwise, we may find ourselves overwhelmed by poor health outcomes when the pandemic is over. This work will require innovative approaches from a health care system that must balance risks and benefits during the pandemic. Even more importantly, it will require a concerted effort to address the social determinants of health compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic that are driving today's health inequities.