2020 was the year when the COVID pandemic forced many of us to remain home. As expected, such a measure led to some ‘unethical’ actions, although it also had its advantages.
According to The Guardian, new data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveals that the rate of STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) in the US has reached a record high for the year 2020.
Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are to blame
The new report covers rates of the STIs mentioned above. Those are clearly not diseases that a person should mess with, as they are very dangerous. From the list, all three diseases can lead to a person’s death if they are left untreated.
Perhaps we all know that 2020 can be described very well through lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions over restrictions. Officials imposed much tighter measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus since there weren’t many medical alternatives to overcome the disease at that time. But oddly enough, social distances didn’t reduce the rates of STIs in the USA in 2020.
Dr. Leandro Mena, who is Director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, declared as Insider quotes:
The COVID-19 pandemic increased awareness of something we’ve long known about STDs: Social
and economic factors – such as poverty and health insurance status – create barriers, increase
experiences with health risks, and often result in worse health outcomes for some people.
As for how things are going on in 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned us all that the COVID pandemic is still not over.
If we take a look at what stats worldometers.info reports, we find out that indeed, the pandemic isn’t over. A total of over 500 million infections with COVID had been reported worldwide since the start of the pandemic.