Telemedicine has been slowly growing in popularity over the past few years, but its use has exploded in a few short months since the onset of the pandemic.
The ability to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus through accelerated advancements in diagnostics, treatment and vaccine development relies on understanding how the virus is transmitted between people and accurately tracking mutations. Whole genome sequencing and subsequent analysis can provide a wealth of data and contribute important insights to this effort.
Disruptions to routine medical care have posed significant challenges for doctors and patients dealing with chronic health conditions. Now, experts are also worried that we might experience a resurgence in preventable illnesses among children because the pandemic has interrupted normal vaccine schedules.