ER visits remain down across the Philadelphia region, as COVID-19 fears keep people home

March 27, 2021

The Philadelphia Inquirer

A study published last month in Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open found that during last spring truly urgent ED visits dropped 30% in Louisiana. That was significantly less than the 50% drop in visits for care that were easily postponed, but still worrisome.

“There may be significant health consequences to avoiding emergency care for severe conditions, contributing to the estimated 87,000 excess non-COVID deaths thus far,” according to the study. Its lead author is Ari B. Friedman, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Friedman said he did not know of a similar study on the Philadelphia region.

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