The shutdowns caused by the global pandemic created a perfect storm for a healthcare crisis in the United States in the following ways:
- It caused hospitals and health systems to quickly scramble to reallocate most of their resources to COVID-19 treatment efforts (to the exclusion of almost everything else).
- It put completely unexpected social and financial stress on millions of Americans and forced many into isolation for extended periods, putting a strain on their physical and mental health.
- For those who already had serious physical and mental health issues, the situation was more likely to exacerbate their conditions.
On top of that, current and prior stay-at-home orders and general COVID-19 fears have meant that go-to methods of staying mentally and physically healthy – such as exercising, attending school, participating in social activities and clubs, and connecting with friends and family – aren’t as available now.