With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock
With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock

The limits of telemedicine: on the rise amid coronavirus pandemic, doctors expect it to continue, but as adjunct to face-to-face consultations

  • Telemedicine – evaluating patients remotely by phone or video conferencing – has become more popular in lockdowns, providing a new type of doctor’s ‘visit’
  • Critics of telemedicine say the key to the doctor-patient relationship has always been the human touch to help diagnosis and that this is still essential

Topic |   Wellness
With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock
With millions of people around the world forced to stay home in lockdown and worried about exposing themselves to the coronavirus, many are using telemedicine to consult a doctor. Photo: Shutterstock
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