- Mar 19, 2007
I know someone who has had a routine test postponed because of lock down. I personally have had a non-urgent appointment for serious eye condition in October postponed weeks ago with no clarity on when it'll be re-scheduled. I'm not worrying about it since there's not much I can do about it.The lockdown didn’t prevent anything. Hospitals reallocating resources to prepare for a surge caused those knock on effects you’re referring to. Without the lockdown those resources (and more) would have all been needed to treat covid patients. As it stands, the interruption to non-covid care has been fairly brief. It could easily have been a lot worse.
I actually don’t know what sort of reallocation of hospital resources went on in Sweden but would be surprised if it was any less than anywhere else. Especially with them experiencing a higher mortality than many other countries.
I am clearly not suggesting that all emergency surgeries, or chemotherapy or treatment for cancer has been postponed or delayed. My point, basically as that some cancers (bowel and cervical being two specifically) are picked up by routine testing and treated quickly giving people more of a chance of survival. If some of those routine services have been postponed (which I understand is the case) then it is reasonable to assume that it will have a negative impact for some.
I don't know about Sweden. That wasn't my point.