The year 2020 was packed with challenges and opportunities many of us did not expect. Before we bid it farewell, we round up the most important if not memorable events for healthcare professionals over the past 12 months.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
Caused by a new strain of coronavirus, the infectious COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. Offices, schools and bricks-and-mortar businesses shut down in the first quarter of the year as the deadly disease spread fast on a global scale, forcing us to squeeze work into our personal space called home.
As telecommuting and distance education became the new norm which many of us had to deal with, those in the healthcare spectrum were oblivious to such adjustment because they were absorbed in saving lives.
To curb the pandemic, governments around the world had put safety protocols in place. These included social distancing, the wearing of protective masks, frequent handwashing with soap and water, sanitising hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, and travel restrictions.
As changes to the way we live occurred by the day, so did the manner of delivering healthcare services. The advent of telehealth services allowed health practitioners to address the needs of patients through online consultations, while reducing their risk of acquiring COVID-19 or other diseases.
Because nothing beats face-to-face consultations, we saw the widespread adoption of the Zoom videoconferencing platform among healthcare providers and patients. While the use of telehealth service isn't new, it had a relatively slow growth before COVID-19 happened. These days, more and more people are embracing this practice to receive medical treatment, preventive care and holistic health services, among others.
While not all of us were directly affected by COVID-19, being quarantined and isolated in our homes for several months had led many to experience emotional and psychological distress. People who lost their jobs resulting from the closure of many companies, suffered chronic depression, anxiety and fear of uncertainty.
The need for mental health support has never been greater. Receiving therapeutic interventions from mental health practitioners, including counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists, was key to helping those who were suffering regain their confidence and zest for life.
Career Enhancement With Online Classes
2020 wasn't all about pain and trials. It also allowed us to explore new avenues for growth. Several schools, including those specialising in complementary medicine, allowed students to study from home at their own pace through a variety of online courses. Healthcare professionals saw this as an opportunity to broaden their horizon.
Some of them have gone on to study a new healing modality, while others took up a course related to their field of expertise to build on their current skills. This only goes to show that strong-willed individuals find ways to make their lives better even if the path in front of them is full of bumps, twists and potholes.
As you welcome the new year, fill your mind, body and spirit with positivity and hope for the best. From the Natural Therapy Pages, we wish you a prosperous and healthy 2021!