Peculiarities of tuberculosis in the COVID‑19 pandemic


OBJECTIVE. The purpose of our comprehensive analysis is to assess the prospects for the effects of the interaction between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) and tuberculosis (TB) and to strategize the risks of spreading TB infection in a coronavirus pandemic.

MATERIALS AND METHODS. Test access to full-text and abstract databases was used.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION. An analysis of the available literature has shown that a 3-month lockdown and a long 10-month recovery worldwide could lead to an additional 6.3 million TB cases and another 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025. On average, the detection of TB in Ukraine decreased by 27.4 %, and the incidence of TB among children decreased by 34.5 %. This is an alarming figure because we know very well that within 6 months the number of patients with TB has not decreased, they simply stopped being detected. In addition, COVID‑19 may accelerate the activation of latent TB infection and thus increase the number of active cases.

CONCLUSIONS. The overall incidence of TB in 2021 will increase to the level that was last observed between 2013 and 2016. The epidemiological indicators of TB control are expected to deteriorate for at least 5-8 years due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Long-term results can be strongly affected by the rate of short-term recovery. Priority should be given to all governments, during a pandemic, to ensure the continuity of basic health care, including the implementation of national TB programs.

Keywords: tuberculosis, COVID‑19, epidemiology, pandemic.


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How to Cite
Todoriko, L. D., & Semianiv, I. O. (2020). Peculiarities of tuberculosis in the COVID‑19 pandemic. Infusion & Chemotherapy, (3), 27-34.

Author Biographies

L. D. Todoriko, Higher State Educational Establishment of Ukraine “Bukovinian State Medical University”, Chernivtsi

Todoriko Liliіa Dmytrivna
Нead of Department of Phthisiology & Pulmonology
MD, professor.
2, Theatralna sq., Chernivtsi, 58002, Ukraine.

I. O. Semianiv, Higher State Educational Establishment of Ukraine “Bukovinian State Medical University”, Chernivtsi

Semianiv Igor Oleksandrovych
Associate Professor of Department of Phthisiology & Pulmonology
2, Theatralna sq., Chernivtsi, 58002, Ukraine.