This March 11 marked one year since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 global pandemic. Twelve months later, the cost of the disease in Spain is more than three million confirmed cases and more than 70,000 deaths. Also of thousands of people with diseases diagnosed late or with paralyzed treatments. Among them, mental pathologies. According to the WHO, the pandemic paralyzed these services in 93% of the world’s countries to allocate resources to the fight against COVID. “It was a very special time. At the beginning we called patients by phone, but we quickly adapted to videoconferencing. We started doing many treatments like this and within a week we were doing the same job combining the phone with the video.” This is Javier Prado, the only Primary Care psychologist in a region of Aragon with more than 25,000 inhabitants.
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