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Anchor lead: Even as Covid infections continue, other diseases as well as chronic conditions are also taking their toll, Elizabeth Tracey reports

Deaths from heart attacks are increasing, a recent study found, as people try to avoid hospitals because of their fears of Covid-19, and other infectious diseases are also increasing. Patricia Davidson, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, says integrating the multitude of factors surrounding individuals is critical to successful intervention.

Davidson: What is incredibly important is looking at the whole person. Looking at the whole person is going to help attribute risk, risk in terms of life. How do you get to work every morning? How many people live in your house? Do you have money for medication? The lack of a universal healthcare coverage system and the lack of access means that many individuals avoid going to healthcare settings until they’re really advanced in the disease.  :33

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.