COVID-19 & The Health Issues In Hawaii

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By: D. Kennedy

The spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii started in March 2020 and after six months, cases rose to around 12,000 people. From the stated number, about 800 needed hospitalization, and 130 died. Over 10,000 people have recovered fully. 

By the end of September, clinical and state laboratories reported that the rates of COVID-19 have been lower than SARA back in 2003. However, the transmission and death toll has been greater.COVID-19 has caused a change in social, economic, and political factors regarding the residents of Hawaii. 

One of those issues has been the increase of non-communicable diseases such as cholera, but a drop in the number of people seeking help for it. The main reason is the fear of the virus. Reports reveal that many people are too scared of visiting medical institutions for immunization due to coronavirus.

Other issues regarding the lockdown include food selection. Many people have turned their dietary patterns towards unhealthy foods and food delivery services, amid the economic disruptions. It has led many households to look for whatever is cheap and in bulk.

Lockdowns have also affected the accessibility to healthcare services. There has been a decrease in the number of younger children visiting the hospital and an increase in the number of pregnant women. The reports show an increase in in-hospital mortality rate among pregnant women, due to late intrauterine fetal death and stillbirth during the lockdown period. 

Mental health has also been affected during the lockdown period. Most people have lost their jobs and income, leading to an increase in stress levels and substance abuse. Psychological damage has also been correlated to prolonged time in confinement. It has been vital to mitigate the officials to offer accurate information, proper resources, and assistance to healthcare workers and families affected by the pandemic.

After declaring COVID-19 as a global pandemic, industries have been affected and the health care sector took a significant blow. The health department in Hawaii is working hard to develop a testing criterion following all guidelines and prioritize the testing of health care workers and older people to eliminate patient cases.