The Director of the Global Tuberculosis Control Program of the World Health Organization, Dr. Teresa Kasaeva, warned that a quarter of the world’s population is infected with the fungi that can cause tuberculosis, and although this does not mean that they are sick or can transmit the infection, there is a high risk of infection tuberculosis, and thus the risk is exacerbated in the midst of the world’s suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid and tuberculosis target the lung
In an interview conducted by Vismita Gupta Smith, in the 58th episode of the “Science in Five” program, which is broadcast by the World Health Organization through its official website and accounts on social media platforms, Dr. Kasaeva said that both tuberculosis and Covid-19 mainly affect the lungs, although Although tuberculosis is caused by bacteria and COVID-19 by virus, it must be kept in mind that tuberculosis is ubiquitous and can affect anyone, although it is known that there are a group of countries with a high burden of tuberculosis where the The risk of contracting tuberculosis is much higher.
Dr. Kasaeva added that the initial evidence indicates that the infection of TB patients with COVID-19 is more severe, and that it affects the success of TB treatment itself.
Millions of victims around the world
Dr. Kasaeva explained that tuberculosis is one of the biggest killer infectious diseases immediately after Covid-19, noting that tuberculosis is spreading everywhere, and that the infection is transmitted through the air, and knows no borders and countries.
The global health expert stated that tuberculosis kills more than 4100 people every day, and every year about 10 million people are infected with tuberculosis.
Because of the current situation and disruption of essential services, there could be concerns that the possibility of a tuberculosis diagnosis could be significantly reduced, which also means that people may not receive life-saving treatment in time and transmission continues. That is why there must be measures, even during the outbreak of the emerging corona epidemic, to successfully combat diseases and protect people with more attention and care.
Regarding ways to provide appropriate attention and care to ensure proper care for tuberculosis patients, Dr. Kasaeva said that the advice of doctors must be followed and the place where the patient lives among his family must be well ventilated, and adhere to all etiquette and principles of good hygiene, especially the etiquette of coughing, in addition to wearing protective masks regularly. It is appropriate to maintain physical and social distance, in addition to getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.
covid and tuberculosis test
And Dr. Kasaeva advised that the person do tests for Covid-19 and tuberculosis, and monitor whether he has symptoms such as coughing, high fever and difficulty breathing, explaining that both diseases can have similar symptoms, and therefore anyone who notices the presence of these symptoms along with a family history of infection If you have tuberculosis, he must be tested for tuberculosis along with BCRO or antigen for COVID-19.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Teresa pointed out that tuberculosis is a disease that can be prevented and treated, as long as the instructions are strictly followed and adhered to, which helps the safety of people and the safety and health of their family members.