[Ed. – No, for real.]
Modern medicine can do amazing things for even the most critically ill patient, but it can’t do a thing if they don’t seek treatment. More people are dying from heart and respiratory conditions which don’t usually lead to death, and avoiding medical care may be why. Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Medicine, says the cause is simple — fear. His findings reveal more patients with serious illnesses are avoiding urgently needed care over concerns they’ll contract COVID-19 in hospitals.
Alpert says although he’s seeing the same mix of non-COVID inpatients entering hospitals — those with heart failure or COPD — these people are much sicker and close to death than in pre-pandemic days.
“At times, one-third of our Internal Medicine patients were receiving consultations from the Palliative Care service and were being considered for inpatient or home hospice,” Dr. Alpert writes in the peer-reviewed journal. …