There is a significant decrease in consultation for myocardial infarctions (MI) and strokes with the pandemic because individuals fear contracting COVID-19 from hospitals. In Canada, admissions for MI have decreased by over 40% and this number reaches 60% in Quebec. Even more alarming, ER visits for strokes have dropped by over 80% in the province.
Since we know that every minute counts in these conditions, patients should be advised to visit the ER without any delay.
Thomas Gerbet. « Bombes à retardement » : des victimes d’infarctus et d’AVC évitent les urgences. April 13, 2020.