HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – On March 17, 2020, health officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Madison County. Since then, there have been nearly 89,000 more cases and 924 deaths in Madison County alone.
However, healthcare professionals have been provided with tools and resources that can be used to combat future illnesses. If there is any silver from the pandemic, it is that the world of medicine has evolved dramatically.
“We have made significant progress during these two years,” said Dr. Ali Hassoun, a specialist in infectious diseases at Huntsville Hospital. “We do not fully understand it, but we have some important information and tools, and we can now predict the consequences and complications of this infection.”
Hassoun has been treating COVID-19 patients since day one and had never imagined the development that would come. He said leading scientists have proven that we can develop vaccines and treatments faster than we once thought.
“It’s amazing that within two years we have a lot of different vaccines available, and we have a lot of different treatments that are effective,” Hassoun said. “Vaccination has been shown to be very effective because of the reduced hospitalization, serious illness and mortality.”
Another advancement that came out of the pandemic is telesealth. Although it can never replace personal visits, Hassoun said it was effective and gave patients opportunities.
“Compared to two years ago, there is a lot of hope and things available to our patient population and to society that are very, very effective,” Hassoun said.
While we reflect on the past two years, Hassoun believes there are a few areas that could be improved, such as health education and infrastructure.
“I think we need to, if we really want to be ready, have more support for a lot of public health infrastructure, and I’m also thinking about our health management in general with the challenges of misinformation, scarcity, that we face. . “
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