Some women put health care on the back burner during COVID-19; experts warn it can be harmful

Some women put health care on the back burner during COVID-19;  experts warn it can be harmful

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – As with everything else since COVID-19 hit Routt County, women seeking specific women’s health services have had to adapt like they never did before – go you telehealth, sending DNA samples and dealing with variable and changing times.

Many women did not perform annual checks or seek services at the start of the pandemic as scientists knew very little about the lethality and contagiousness of COVID-19, said Liz Kilmer-Sterling, certified nurse-midwife at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

“We’re always trying to catch up by having fewer in-person visits and non-essential visits for women,” Kilmer-Sterling said. “Our schedule is busy here to make sure women are seen, and a lot of women haven’t…

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