Va. doctor warns people not to delay medical care because of COVID-19 concerns

May 11, 2020


Some people worried about COVID-19 exposure are avoiding hospitals despite potential emergency situations, prompting one Virginia doctor to advise against delaying treatment.

“I do get texted now routinely on injuries, such as gaping lacerations, asking if they need to be seen in the hospital, and they clearly need stitches,” said Dr. Edward Puccio, a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Puccio said photos of swollen ankles and wrists offer no insight into whether someone who has fallen has a fracture.

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