Stay at home requests, non-essential business closings, and a host of other external factors have come into play as well, with even the healthcare industry experiencing layoffs and a shifting care model on the fly. The unintended consequences are only now being identified, and only on a very limited basis, as the primary focus remains on COVID-19.
Lack of clarity on the virus and fears of dire consequences have dramatically impacted the psyche of the nation, which is compounding by the need and desire to “reopen” without a well-comprehended strategy for reopening businesses while schools remain closed, protecting the most vulnerable when others need to remain socially distant, and bringing back full staffs of employees when business revenues are anticipated to be down 75% for some industries.
While a vaccine, or even highly reliable therapy, would put many minds at rest, this is not likely to happen until the end of the year, and even this is being hopeful, if not overly optimistic. But still, the country needs to “reopen”, and to reopen soon, if we wish to minimize the impact of the virus on economic, social, financial, and health-related aspects of the nation.
Despite efforts to address issues related to hospital beds, respirators, and personal protective devices, the healthcare system is suffering from:
Lifemesh aims to provide insights that inform decision-makers of potential unanticipated effects or “opportunity cost” of disease-related policy and protocols. In this instance, we focus on COVID-19.