The Way Ahead: Life After COVID-19

Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2021 Dec 15;17(5):83-88. doi: 10.14797/mdcvj.1056. eCollection 2021.


Much has changed in the 2 years since the start of the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. The need for social distancing catalyzed the digitization of healthcare delivery and medical education-from telemedicine and virtual conferences to online residency/fellowship interviews. Vaccine development, particularly in the field of mRNA technology, led to widespread availability of safe and effective vaccines. With improved survival from acute infection, the healthcare system is dealing with the ever-growing cohort of patients with lingering symptoms. In addition, social media platforms have fueled a plethora of misinformation campaigns that have adversely affected prevention and control measures. In this review, we examine how COVID-19 has reshaped the healthcare system, and gauge its potential effects on life after the pandemic.

PMID:34992726 | PMC:PMC8680109 | DOI:10.14797/mdcvj.1056