May 14, 2020
A poll of 2,201 adults by the American College of Emergency Physicians and Morning Consult found that four in five respondents were concerned about contracting the virus from another patient or visitor if they went to the emergency room. Nearly a third of those polled in mid-April said they have actively delayed or avoided seeking medical care because of concerns about getting the virus.
Comilla Sasson, an emergency medicine doctor at various hospitals in Denver, said she had spoken to a number of patients who refused to come to the emergency room for chest pain because they were afraid of contracting the coronavirus. “They’d tell me they’d rather die than be infected with Covid,” she said.
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