Connected by our breath: COVID-19 and tuberculosis – Toronto Star

March 24, 2020

As of today, the global estimates are that more than 15,000 people have died from COVID-19.

Almost 4,000 people die every day of tuberculosis.

While the ever-growing fear of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is alarming, it raises other concerns for me as an epidemiologist whose research focuses on tuberculosis.

Tuesday marks World Tuberculosis Day, a time when we try to raise public awareness about the global burden of tuberculosis.

We are all connected by breath, as both COVID-19 and tuberculosis demonstrate.

In Canada, Indigenous communities face alarming rates of tuberculosis, but have poor access to health-care services during normal times, due to a myriad of factors.

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