FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, medical personnel work in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
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As more people crowd hospitals in search of coronavirus treatment, medical officials are warning of a new health crisis. Americans are reportedly delaying seeking medical help for injuries and pre-existing medical conditions out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19.
At the start of the pandemic in March, many states halted all non-essential procedures and doctors visits to focus attention on fighting the virus.
“One of the things that we’ve noticed during the pandemic is that because we were under lockdown for some period of time, really some of the medical services were just those that were immediately important, urgent,” explained Dr. Debra Patt, oncologist. “And so, people didn’t have screenings…the screening rates for breast cancer, screening mammography, was down by 90 percent.”
While those doctor visits have been resumed, hospitals are still seeing fewer non-coronavirus patients. A report by Reuters found emergency department use fell by 40 percent during the first two and a half months of the pandemic.
“We’re definitely seeing in the emergency room patients who have delayed their care, delayed their treatment or delayed screening,” said Dr. Lynn Jeffers, chief medical officer at St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
During that same time, patients seeking care for heart attacks dropped by 23 percent while stroke patients fell by 20 percent. The pandemic has also taken a major toll on cancer patients who are considered extremely high risk of experiencing coronavirus complications.
“Going in, you know, honestly I was more nervous about coronavirus than my cancer surgery,” said Helen Knost, a breast cancer patient. “I have full faith in my surgeon, she’s awesome, but going in there with all the masks and the, you know, being checked with your temperature and all of that is much scarier than cancer.”
File – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, a medical worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans gurneys in the emergency department intake area at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan, in New York. As coronavirus rages out of control in other parts of the U.S., New York is offering an example after taming the nations deadliest outbreak this spring but also trying to prepare in case another surge comes. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Doctors have assured, however, hospitals are taking all precautions to keep patients safe.
“As far as taking care of patients who don’t have COVID in our hospital, we’ve put in a lot of measures just to try to keep people separated,” said Dr. Jeffers.”…We’ve also looked at when we have elective surgeries that we are having them come and checked in a certain way, and discharge at the curb instead of having visitors come in.”
Doctors are urging people to consult their primary care physician if they think something is wrong and to not avoid seeking help out of fear of contracting the COVID-19.
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