How Will Coronavirus Change the Health-Care Industry?

Nurse Tina Nguyen administers a nasal swab at a coronavirus testing site outside International Community Health Services in Seattle, Wash., March 26, 2020. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)
COVID-19 has altered how we think about health and medicine — but will these changes outlast the pandemic?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE G ripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, we now wash our hands obsessively; hand sanitizer has been out of stock for weeks. We are grateful for the hospitals in our communities that take care of us if we’re struck down, and for telemedicine approaches that try to keep us healthy and out of harm’s way. We’re hopeful drug companies will come up with something to fight this terrible virus and that data scientists will be able to warn us where the disease will strike next.

But, to paraphrase the Shirelles, will we still feel this way tomorrow? Will the health behaviors and attitudes we

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David Shaywitz, a physician-scientist and the founder of Astounding HealthTech, a Silicon Valley advisory service, is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.


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