The Consequences of Skipping Doctor Appointments During the Covid Pandemic

Missed checkups and physicals. Delayed mammograms and colonoscopies. Many Americans postponed medical appointments for a year during the pandemic and the impact is just beginning to surface, doctors say.

“Having a year of uncontrolled diabetes, a year of uncontrolled blood pressure or cholesterol, those are not benign,” says Evelyn Figueroa, a family physician and professor of clinical family and community medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. “That...