Doctors in the US are going on record stating the number of normal, non-coronavirus hospital visits has been inexplicably low since the beginning of a nationwide lock-down.
A recent poll conducted by Angioplasty.org, a community of cardiologists, revealed nearly half of their respondents claimed a 40 to 60 percent reduction in heart attack patients over the last month. More than 20 percent reported a reduction of over 60 percent.
“Our hospital is usually so full that patients wait in gurneys along the walls of the emergency department for a bed to become available on the general wards or even in the intensive care unit,” Dr. Harlan Krumholz wrote in an article that appeared Tuesday in the New York Times. “But the pandemic has caused a previously unimaginable shift in the demand for hospital services.”
Krumholz, who heads up the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, says many of the usual emergencies have mysteriously disappeared. “Heart attack and stroke teams, always poised to rush in and save lives, are mostly idle,” he wrote.
Each year, nearly 400,000 heart failure patients flood US hospitals, many of which wind up intubated and on ventilators. The inexplicable decrease in need for cardio care has increased the number of beds and ventilators available for other critical care. However, media outlets across the country are reporting hospital intensive care units (ICU) as being overrun and under-equipped, due to an influx in COVID-19 cases.
The latest statistics from the CDC state there are 330,891 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States. It is estimated 5 percent of those cases result in ICU admission since the pandemic began over a month ago.
On Sunday, Top Conservative revealed an email sent by the CDC that notified hospitals they may classify deceased patients as COVID-19 positive, with or without a test for the virus.