The Parasites & Vectors Journal (Arahirwa V., et al.) 08.24.2023, published “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delays in diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases endemic to southeastern USA.” This article talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the diagnosis and treatment of diseases transmitted by ticks, like Lyme disease.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused delays in diagnosing and treating various medical conditions. The impact this has on tick-borne diseases, which can have symptoms similar to COVID-19, hasn’t been well understood. This study looked at patients with suspected tick-borne diseases before and after COVID-19 to see if there were delays in diagnosing and treating these diseases during the pandemic.