That was the reaction nearly a year ago when the pandemic first hit… and that’s pretty much the case today as the coronavirus still rages across the nation.
That’s why new numbers show Americans are downright terrified of going to the doctor’s office or hospital right now.
And many have no plans to go back.
I get WHY people are avoiding the doctor.
No one wants to hang out in a doctor’s office even in the BEST of times, getting poked, prodded and probed.
But a second set of numbers reveals why canceling those appointments isn’t the best idea, either.
Because even if it helps to cut your COVID-19 risk by keeping you away from medical clinics, it could lead to something even deadlier instead.
What you SHOULD and SHOULDN’T cancel amid pandemic surges
Appointments last spring were put off to summer… and when things got worse in summer, we put them off to autumn.
Now, many of us have given up even TRYING to reschedule anything!
A new survey finds nearly three-quarters of American adults are worried about seeing a doctor during pandemic surges… and more than half won’t go to an ER, even when there’s a genuine medical emergency.
But it’s not just emergencies where care is up in the air.
Like I said, many people have put off or canceled routine care – and the same new survey finds half don’t intend to reschedule those appointments.
Naturally, most people realize that also packs a few other risks, with half worried that their health will suffer from missed appointments.
Gee, ya think???
Most of those appointments aren’t there for fun.
They’re there because you NEED them – and another set of numbers shows why. Studies from places like New York and Detroit find that heart attack, cardiac arrest and deaths from heart problems all jump in those places shortly after pandemic surges.
Some of that could be people who simply won’t go to an ER when they feel heart attack symptoms and pay the price.
Some of that could be induced by stress.
And some of it’s from people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease skipping out on medical appointments who then suffer from declines in health.
So let me give you THREE STEPS that can help go a long way toward figuring out what’s what right now.
- No buts about it: If you feel ANY kinda serious symptom, including heart symptoms, toss your pandemic fears out the window and hightail it to the ER. The risks of ignoring it are just way too big.
- Set up telemedicine: If you haven’t already, it’s time to learn the tech. Don’t worry… it won’t bite (although it MIGHT be a little frustrating at first). Video chat and online prescriptions are a great way to get essential care without leaving home.
- Don’t go on a cancel spree: Instead call your doc and get his opinion. If he really thinks you need to come in… especially if you’ve postponed that visit for months… it might be time to go in.
If you do have to go in there are steps you can take to cut your risk of exposure to the virus including wearing a mask and calling from your car when you arrive instead of going right to the waiting room. They may allow you to stay in your car until they’re ready for you, minimizing your time around others.