Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. The bacteria which cause tuberculosis are spread from person to person through tiny droplets to the air via cough and sneezes. People with active tuberculosis must take many types of medications for months to get rid of the infection.
According to the WHO latest reports 2022,
Covid-19 patients are more susceptible for getting infected with tuberculosis.
The world health organization blames COVID-19 for too much rise in TB, directly. After COVID-19, TB is the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Few countries with weak health systems are more vulnerable to rising TB cases. According to the U.N. Health agency, there are more than 10 million people worldwide suffering from tuberculosis in 2021. 450,000 of these cases involved people infected with drug-resistant TB, which is 3% more than the number of such people in 2020.
WHO also noted that the conflicts in eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East have worsened the diagnosis and treatment options for the TB patients. Ukraine had one of the world’s worst TB epidemics.