The Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Tuberculosis: Recent Trends and Future Approaches to TB Management

Author's: Muhammad Naeem Iqbal1, Iqra Iqbal2, Asfa Ashraf1,3*
Authors' Affiliations
1Pakistan Science Mission (PSM), Narowal (Noor Kot 51770), Pakistan.2Department of Zoology, Government College Women University Sialkot, Pakistan.3The School of Life Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China.
*CorrespondenceAsfa AshrafEmail:sundausnaeem@yahoo.com
Article Type: Mini-Review     Published: Mar. 31, 2022 Pages: 32-36
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Abstract:

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has captured the attention of healthcare practitioners and academics since it was declared a worldwide pandemic. Other epidemic communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), are still a public health concern that may grow and drain healthcare infrastructure. There is growing evidence on the biological, clinical, and epidemiological interaction between tuberculosis and COVID-19 disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended TB control efforts and has impacted resource provision for TB diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. In this review, we focus on the impact of COVID-19 on tuberculosis and summarize the current developments in the management of TB and the perspectives for future developments. New approaches are necessary in order to reduce TB incidence and mortality. There is need to design extremely effective medication regimens that can achieve high cure rates independent of the resistance patterns of strains.

Keywords

COVID-19,

Tuberculosis,

Healthcare,

TB Management.

How to cite

Iqbal, M.N., Iqbal, I., Ashraf, A., 2022. The Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Tuberculosis: Recent Trends and Future Approaches to TB Management. PSM Microbiol., 7(1): 32-36.