Schedule Those Doctor's Appointments! : Short Wave The pandemic is at a turning point. Hospitalizations in this country are down. Deaths are starting to decline. Some of the states that have had the strictest COVID restrictions are starting to dial back. With fewer cases, and more tools to manage COVID, we can start putting more focus on other diseases again. Doctors are encouraging patients to get the checkups they've been holding off on.

NPR science correspondent Allison Aubrey talks about the future of masking, virus detection and routine preventive care that has been ignored during this pandemic.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

Schedule Those Doctor's Appointments!

Schedule Those Doctor's Appointments!

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Doctors are encouraging people to make the preventive health care appointments they may have put off because of the pandemic. The Good Brigade/Getty Images hide caption

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Doctors are encouraging people to make the preventive health care appointments they may have put off because of the pandemic.

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The pandemic is at a turning point. Hospitalizations in this country are down. Deaths are starting to decline. Some of the states that have had the strictest COVID restrictions are starting to dial back. With fewer cases, and more tools to manage COVID, we can start putting more focus on other diseases again. Doctors are encouraging patients to get any routine checkups and screenings they've postponed.

NPR science correspondent Allison Aubrey talks about the future of masking, virus detection and routine preventive care that has been ignored during this pandemic.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Eva Tesfaye andedited by Stephanie O'Neill and Jane Greenhalgh. Katherine Sypher checked the facts. The audio engineer was Patrick Murray.