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As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in India, the focus has jointly turned to another disease: Tuberculosis. Triggered by the government's order to conduct bi-directional COVID-19-TB testing in India, the combined diagnosis and management of both are increasingly being explored by healthcare professionals.

According to a guidance note released by the government, Tuberculosis is associated with a 2.1-fold increased risk of severe COVID-19. Given that the presence of TB can increase the vulnerability of COVID-19 patients, it is rightly advised that people diagnosed with either of the conditions should be screened for symptoms of both the diseases

Going by the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in India and the prevalence of TB in the country, the criticality of this cannot be emphasized enough. As of mid-September, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India stood at 42.3 lakh and is growing at over 90,000 cases per day. Compared to this, notified TB cases in India in 2019 stood at over 24 lakh.
For better context, COVID-19 cases in India have nearly surpassed double the total number of TB cases last year. Although Tuberculosis treatment is long and difficult and compared to that, India has a remarkable number of COVID-19 recoveries, the number is still alarmingly high.

What, then, can healthcare professionals do to jointly diagnose and manage both diseases amid this pandemic?

Join Practo Connect’s upcoming webinar with Project JEET on September 19 at 4 PM to understand this better. Hosted exclusively for the doctors, by the doctors, it will include an interactive discussion on tools and technologies used for the diagnosis of both COVID-19 and Tuberculosis and how both public health challenges can be managed together.

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