Negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the timely diagnosis of tick-borne infections

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2021 Jan;99(1):115226. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2020.115226. Epub 2020 Sep 26.


We describe 3 adult patients who did not have COVID-19 but instead had a treatable tick-borne infection. In each case, however, the duration of time until diagnosis was delayed due to issues that have arisen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These issues need to be addressed to preserve patient well-being.

Keywords: Anaplasmosis; Babesiosis; COVID-19; Lyme disease; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • Delayed Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / etiology
  • Tick-Borne Diseases / therapy