Telemedicine: There has never been a greater need than now
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Telemedicine or online consultation has become the first point of contact for many who suspect they’ve contracted the disease, as the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to rise in India.

The increased need to seek a professional medical diagnosis along with a feeling that hospitals could be a point of contact with a person infected with the coronavirus is leading to this boom in telemedicine. Such a trend isn’t only restricted to India, as the rest of the world too sees telemedicine at the frontlines of tackling the spread of the virus.

There is a clear trend towards e-consultations, and people do not want to go to crowded healthcare facilities like hospitals, clinics, labs, pharmacies, etc., perhaps due to fear of infections.

Since the beginning of March, e-consultation companies had seen a 300% increase in flu and fever-related ailments. These calls were coming from across the country – about 600 cities and towns – and not just from the large metros where penetration of telemedicine has been higher.

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