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COVID‑19 pandemic and reasons to prioritize the needs of the health care system to ensure its sustainability: A scoping review from January to October 2020 (Review)

  • Authors:
    • Dimitrios Anyfantakis
    • Aikaterini E. Mantadaki
    • Stylianos Mastronikolis
    • Demetrios A. Spandidos
    • Emmanouil K. Symvoulakis
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  • Published online on: July 21, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10471
  • Article Number: 1039
  • Copyright: © Anyfantakis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

The worldwide spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2) led the World Health Organization to characterize the pandemic as a public health emergency of international concern. National health care systems in countries during the initial surge of the pandemic were unable to handle the sanitarian crisis that had emerged. Thus, the prevention and control of future global health emergencies must be a priority. The present scoping review aimed to retrieve articles that summarize the current experience on issues related to historical knowledge, and epidemiology, clinical features and overall burden of SARS‑CoV‑2 on health care services. In summary, a comprehensive overview of the information that has been learnt during this period is presented in the current review. Furthermore, taking into account the global experience, the need for planning cohesive and functional health services before similar pandemic events occur in the future is highlighted. The next public health issue should be prevented rather than treated. In spite of the vaccination benefits, a number of sporadic cases of SARS‑CoV‑2infections will persist. Information collected remains relevant for appraising how similar threats can be faced in the future. Overall, collaborative health care plans need to be rethought to increase preparedness.

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Anyfantakis D, Mantadaki AE, Mastronikolis S, Spandidos DA and Symvoulakis EK: COVID‑19 pandemic and reasons to prioritize the needs of the health care system to ensure its sustainability: A scoping review from January to October 2020 (Review). Exp Ther Med 22: 1039, 2021
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Anyfantakis, D., Mantadaki, A.E., Mastronikolis, S., Spandidos, D.A., & Symvoulakis, E.K. (2021). COVID‑19 pandemic and reasons to prioritize the needs of the health care system to ensure its sustainability: A scoping review from January to October 2020 (Review). Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 22, 1039. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10471
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Anyfantakis, D., Mantadaki, A. E., Mastronikolis, S., Spandidos, D. A., Symvoulakis, E. K."COVID‑19 pandemic and reasons to prioritize the needs of the health care system to ensure its sustainability: A scoping review from January to October 2020 (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22.3 (2021): 1039.
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Anyfantakis, D., Mantadaki, A. E., Mastronikolis, S., Spandidos, D. A., Symvoulakis, E. K."COVID‑19 pandemic and reasons to prioritize the needs of the health care system to ensure its sustainability: A scoping review from January to October 2020 (Review)". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22, no. 3 (2021): 1039. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10471