Changes within the healthcare industry taking place because of the Coronavirus pandemic

Updated on January 27, 2021

The Coronavirus made some significant changes to the healthcare system around the world. The virus was pushing the medical system in some countries to the brink in ways that it had not before, and there were moments where it felt like the hospitals would flood. Almost all countries were finding themselves with a short supply of doctors. While there were massive changes taking place, the US and the UK were among a few countries that had a challenging time getting through the pandemic. Many people were sick with the virus, while the countries had to get through lockdown after lockdown waiting for the numbers to get back under control.

Since the pandemic was new, people and countries were unsure how to deal with it. Furthermore, they were getting information on the go and were regularly updating what they knew about the virus. Since there weren’t any Coronavirus specialists, doctors from all specialities and streams had to assist in any way that they could. They made some changes relating to hospitals with specific wings just quarantined to help with the COVID crisis and housing the highly contagious patients.

With so many people catching the virus and at such a quick pace, doctors working with sick patients were subject to the virus every day, putting themselves at risk regularly. Although hospitals were strict about the PPE suits, using sanitisers, regularly cleaning, just being in the same situation, the doctors had a higher chance of catching the virus. Hospitals needed all the assistance they could get and were looking for more people to assist in any way they could.

However, they had to take care of a few rules when it came to the healthcare system. In the UK, with a high unemployment rate, employers needed people who were applying for a job to provide basic information about themselves through background checks. Although the information was not a requirement in the past, it was quite mandatory now, and most jobs asked for it, so applicants gathered the background check and kept it ready. The primary idea was to make sure that the people joining in, did not have a background of criminal activity, and they could work with all age groups without any issues.

Health care in the UK, on the other hand, is an unusual matter, with the various countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales each having their systems of healthcare, publicly funded by and accountable to separate governments and parliaments. There are a few changes currently taking place since there is a difference between the overall systems there and a connection to the healthcare systems with the EU. The Brexit move was finalised toward the end of 2020 and the Government pushed and completed all the changes they were working on till then. There are a few other updates to be tackled as well, including their new healthcare, plan but they are delaying that till the country reels from the pandemic.

Although the UK and EU are going through the Brexit move, the world is still in the middle of a pandemic, and unsure how they will get through the process. The rules were changing across the world with new lockdowns and additional restrictions, while the UK was looking for more people to assist with the medical burden that the country was facing.

According to a poll, at the peak of the pandemic, across the United Kingdom, about 66,000 people were catching the virus every day. The Government was fearing that they would not keep up with the changes. However, some private and public buildings were converted into centres to assist people dealing with or recovering from COVID-19. While those were the number in the UK, the United States saw a more than 30% increase in the number of people catching the Coronavirus, which was not ideal. While they were doing their best to stop the spread, it was working in some towns and states.

There were many issues when it came to personal health, with people dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic. For the most part, there were a large number of people, spending all their time indoors because of the restrictions and the lockdowns, not getting enough exercise. Some studies show that the uncertainty caused by the pandemic led to an increased amount of stress that was causing a lot of people to get sick during the pandemic. People were not getting the exercise they were in the past and spending as much time at home. They were also constantly eating, and in significantly higher amounts than they would in the past. If they were not getting exercise and eating all the time, they would not be healthy. Additionally, people with cardiovascular disease had no choice but to look after their health before pushing through the process.

People had to begin taking their health seriously, which meant getting the exercise they needed even when they were at home. Heading outdoors might not have been the best idea, however, post lifting restrictions, they had to wear their masks and other accessories if they were planning on getting through the process. Furthermore, there were rules that they had to follow, as well. It was mandatory to wear a mask in most public areas, to prevent yourself from catching the virus or spreading it. Additionally, people were also supposed to maintain social distance whenever they were in public places or crowded places. There were rules about the number of people who were supposed to be in a closed area. Restaurants and diners were only allowed to function in small capacities while open and outdoor venues could run with a higher number of people.

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