Doctors concerned heart attack patients avoid hospitals due to fear of COVID-19

Doctors concerned heart attack patients avoid hospitals due to fear of COVID-19

Doctors in the U.S. and Spain are reporting a dramatic decline in emergency room visits even for heart attacks, strokes and appendicitis. While there are other possible explanations, the most likely is that people are avoiding going. One result is that the cases that do arrive are typically further advanced so fatality is more likely and outcomes generally worse.

Skeptic
Skeptic
Coeus
Coeus 1 months

I await the metadata with interest. I suspect the analysis will demonstrate that morbidity and mortality caused by "COVID 19 infection" to be a small fraction of that attributable to "COVID 19 - NOT INCLUDING infection". People are staying away from the ER when they absolutely need to be seen and treated for stroke, myocardial infarction, DVT... Or late diagnosis of cancer, leukemia... Preventable chronic disorders such as diabetic complications, alcohol and drug dependence and withdrawal, COPD and asthma... Acute diseases such as meningitis, sepsis... Mental disorder leading to self harm, suicide... Even elective and routine diagnostic procedures can be life preserving; colonoscopy, suspected aneurysm, effusions, lumps... All just off the top of my head. I wonder whether the virus itself will do an order of magnitude less damage than the fear of infection.

Indo
Indo 1 months

Guess they rather die the old fashion way. Why go in pain when u can go with less. Very sensible human reaction. Sorry docs, u won't agree.

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