The number of reported heart attacks has gone down sharply during the pandemic, but it’s not because there are fewer of them happening.
According to the Washington Post, Americans aren’t the only ones avoiding hospitals and emergency care facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain, China, and the U.K. are also seeing people choose to weather their heart attacks at home, rather than possibly come into contact with COVID-19.
Other illnesses people are choosing not to seek medical care for include inflammation of the appendix and gallbladder, chest pains, and stroke symptoms. The Post also reports that doctors worry mortality from sick people not going to the doctor for these and other conditions could rival that of the coronavirus.
Elective and postponable procedures have been pushed back with coronavirus patients, but those with pressing health issues and emergencies should certainly seek medical attention, doctors say. Otherwise, conditions can worsen and result in a longer recovery time.
How can I go to the hospital safely?
Safely going to the hospital isn’t very different from going anywhere else during the coronavirus. Wearing a face mask and maintaining six feet of distance between individuals are all worthy precautions to ensuring you get medical attention.