The New COVID-19 Fear: Hospitals

A nurse in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Leonardtown, Maryland. April 8, 2020. Image: Win McNamee/Getty
Image credit
A nurse in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Leonardtown, Maryland. April 8, 2020. Image: Win McNamee/Getty

 Among the many ways COVID-19 has upended our lives: People worry that hospitals are more likely to harm than heal. 

Emerging data reveal Americans’ reluctance to go to the hospital: Among 9 major US hospitals, patients treated for severe heart attacks had fallen by 40% after COVID-19 hit the US, according to a recent early release study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. People with appendicitis and stroke are demonstrating similar hesitations. 

Fear of becoming infected and stay-at-home messaging may be reasons why people facing a health crisis are reluctant to go to the ER, STAT reports. The problem has gotten so bad that  the American Heart Association and 7 other major health organizations jointly urged people yesterday to call 911

The delay in calling 911 is a particular concern because strokes are increasingly seen in coronavirus patients. In a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, Thomas Oxley, Mount Sinai Health System neurosurgeon, and colleagues note that 5 patients under 50 with mild or no COVID-19 symptoms were treated for sudden strokes; 2 of the patients delayed calling an ambulance, CNN reports.

So many coronavirus patients are being found to have blood clots that some doctors are prescribing blood thinners preventively, The Washington Post reports.

Comments +

0 comments

Post a Comment

Restricted HTML

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Back to top