With the introduction of the coronavirus in 2020 and then the subsequent year in 2021, everyone, including parents, met unexpected challenges in healthcare. There have been changes to standards, rules, and vaccines, while healthcare has balanced the needs of patients with and without the virus. Technology has been a critical factor to help healthcare resilient during the medical challenges of the past few years. However, changes are still occurring as we move into 2022.

Keep Protecting Your Children From Contracting COVID-19

As we move into 2022, it is critical to protect the health of children, primarily from contracting Covid-19. There are three top ways to avoid the spread of Covid-19. These include frequent hand washing, wearing a face mask, and maintaining distance from other people. In general, you want your children to avoid contact with anyone that is sick. Getting vaccinated is also key.

In addition, you want to clean objects and surfaces regularly, especially the ones that are touched often in your home. These include doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cellphones, and toys. You want to ensure you or your children do not touch your mouth, eyes, or nose. When you sneeze, you should do so in your elbow or tissue.

Increased Usage of Telemedicine

The stay-at-home requirement and social distancing turned healthcare upside down. As a result, doctors had to rely on the use of telemedicine and virtual healthcare. There have been many positive results. Telemedicine has proven to be helpful and will most likely stick around long after the pandemic. It is believed that providers will be the ones to push the use of telemedicine post-pandemic. In addition, some specialties, such as mental health, may benefit from making a complete shift to a permanent telehealth model.

Physician and Nurse Shortages

Doctors and nurses were already feeling burnout before the pandemic began. The pandemic only magnified these feelings. Resiliency has been challenging to maintain during the past few years, especially in the medical field. The field was already beginning to see shortages. In the United States, there are 2.6 doctors for every 1,000 patients. In 2022, there needs to be a restoration to safe working conditions where staff have personal protective equipment and are adequately trained to supply healthcare to those that need it. The use of technology and telemedicine can assist with reducing burnout and building up resiliency.

A Possible Increase In COVID-19 Cases

As we move into 2022, the number of Covid-10 cases will likely increase again. In May 2020, the WHO published criteria that stated for the epidemic to be considered under control in any one country, the positive rate must be lower than 5%. Unfortunately, the variants spread quickly, and not enough people are vaccinated. Right now, the number of cases is doubling instead of reducing. However, the good news is while the number of cases and hospitalizations are up, the number of deaths is down. Vaccinations and previous infections cause some amount of immunity, causing the reaction to the variants to be less severe. In addition to vaccination, proper hygiene, wearing masks, and avoiding crowds are some of the best ways to reduce the number of cases moving into 2022.

Many things, including healthcare, have changed as a result of the pandemic. We have learned a lot, including better ways to care for people and ourselves. Keeping safe practices in mind will help us move through 2022 in a much healthier way.