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Indirect Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on ED Visits for Acute Life-Threatening Conditions
COVID19Newsletters (June 26, 2020) – In the 10 weeks following declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency, emergency department visits nationwide declined 23 percent for heart attack, 20 percent for stroke, and 10 percent for hyperglycemic crisis, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the June 22 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC used data from its National Syndromic Surveillance Program to assess trends in ED visits January – May 2020. Persons experiencing severe chest pain, sudden or partial loss of motor function, altered mental status, signs of extreme hyperglycemia or other life-threatening issues, should call 9-1-1, irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continued clear communication from public health and health care professionals is needed to reinforce the importance of timely emergency care for acute health conditions.
--Karen Braman