The SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic and challenges in stroke care in India

P. N. Sylaja, M. V.Padma Srivastava, Sudhir Shah, Rohit Bhatia, Dheeraj Khurana, Arvind Sharma, Jeyaraj D. Pandian, Kiran Kalia, Deepaneeta Sarmah, Sruthi S. Nair, Dileep R. Yavagal, Pallab Bhattacharya

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Stroke care in India has evolved rapidly in the last decade with a focus on stroke awareness, prevention, rapid triage, treatment, and rehabilitation. But acute stroke care and poststroke rehabilitation in the country have limitations owing to the economic constraints and poor access to health care. The SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has made stroke care even more challenging. We outline the unfavorable circumstances in stroke care induced by the pandemic; propose mitigating measures; crisis management; and provide a comparative evaluation of stroke care between India and the United States during the pandemic. There is a need for public health systems in both developed and developing countries to improve awareness, implement proper strategies of triage, acute treatment, well-defined rehabilitation plans, telemedicine services, and virtual check-ins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • COVID-19
  • India
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • United States
  • management
  • pandemic
  • public health
  • stroke
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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