COVID-19 and telemedicine: Immediate action required for maintaining healthcare providers well-being

J Clin Virol. 2020 May;126:104345. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104345. Epub 2020 Apr 4.

Abstract

The well-being of the health care workforce is the cornerstone of every well-functioning health system. As a result of the pandemic, medical healthcare providers are under an enormous amount of workload pressure along with increased total health expenditures. The overwhelming burden of COVID-19 illness could lead to caregiver burnout. Direct-to-consumer telemedicine can enable patients to connect with their healthcare provider at a distance. This virtual platform could be used by smartphones or webcam-enabled computers and allows physicians to effectively screen patients with early signs of COVID-19 before they reach to hospital.

Keywords: COVID-19; Causes; Epidemiology; Telemedicine; Triage.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections* / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Health Personnel*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / epidemiology
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Smartphone
  • Telemedicine*