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COVID-19 fears keep millions of Americans from seeking hospital care


David Joles – Star Tribune

Screeners wait inside the entrance to the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital emergency room, where they check those arriving for COVID symptoms before determining where they will go within the hospital and seen Thursday, June 4, 2020, in St. Louis Park, MN.

Millions of Americans are jeopardizing their health by avoiding hospital care, even in medical emergencies, for fear of contracting COVID-19.

Emergency room visits across the United States have dropped sharply since the pandemic took hold, even though doctors say patients are far less likely to catch the virus lying in a hospital bed than shopping in a store.

April saw a 42% decline in emergency department use nationally. That amounts to 900,000 fewer visits per week compared with the same time period a year ago, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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