At this very moment, the world is still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, adjusting to social distancing, and everything that is associated with our “new normal.” And an unfortunate side effect of this has begun to emerge.
Due to the mounting fear of contracting COVID-19, people have begun to turn a blind eye to critical symptoms that require immediate emergency care. There has been a noticeable uptick in people experiencing signs of stroke and heart attack.
As reported in the Washington Post, “A Gallup online poll taken March 28 to April 2 asked people with different conditions how concerned they would be about exposure to the coronavirus if they needed ‘medical treatment right now’ at a hospital or doctor’s office. Eighty-six percent of people with heart disease said they would be either ‘very concerned’ or ‘moderately concerned.’ Among people with high blood pressure, the figure was 83 percent.
But, you don’t need to be concerned. We want you to get treated.
Some Medical Conditions Are as Life Threatening as Compared to COVID-19
A lot of the information that we are being provided with about COVID-19 is ever-changing, which what makes it scary.
The only reality that matters is that many patients who have been infected by the disease are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and go on to recover without medical assistance. But, medical conditions like a heart attacks and strokes require emergency medical intervention to prevent long lasting repercussion’s or death.
This can’t be stressed enough – with any signs of a heart attack or stroke, seek medical assistance right away!
It is important to get yourself checked immediately
So What Are The Symptoms?
- Warning Signs for Stroke
- Arm Weakness
- Vision Issues
- Speech Difficulty
- Balancing Problem
- Facial Drooping
- Warning Signs for Heart Attack
- Difficulty in Breathing
- Discomfort in Upper Body Areas like Back, Stomach, Neck, and Arms
- Chest Discomforts like Pain, Squeezing, and Pressure
- Other Symptoms like Light-Headedness, Sweating, and Nausea
The Odds of You Contracting The Virus is Low
With regulations set in place by the CDC, each hospital in the United States must adhere to these recommendations. This means a strict cleaning procedure and safety protocol followed by each medical professional on staff.
These are some of the common precautions taken by hospitals both small and large:
- They have a system to clean and sanitize every room and surface of the hospital. Many of them use UV light as an additional precaution.
- The conventional scene of overcrowded waiting rooms is not the same anymore. Only a certain number of patients are allowed to wait in the room.
- Emergency rooms are maintaining the said 6 feet distance between them and patients. They have also reduced interaction by integrating a triaging system.
- All healthcare workers in the emergency room is well-equipped with the necessary PPE (personal protective equipment) when treating a suspected or positive patient. This is to ensure that the threat of contracting and spreading this virus is reduced.
- Only a few people are allowed to visit the hospital as a measure to prevent overcrowding in one place.
The Bottom Line
We are going through a period of uncertainty and intense change.
It’s ok to feel uneasy about the future. We’re all taking it one day at a time. Right now, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself and your family. Be vigilant about your health and seek treatment when necessary.
Surepoint Emergency Center is a modern emergency medical facility open 24/7. As an alternative to the traditional hospital ER experience, we offer convenience and minimal wait time, along with highly trained emergency medical staff and state-of-the-art equipment.
Our top priority is bringing high quality emergency care, quickly and easily to your family. We’re committed to making patients feel better faster in a comforting and compassionate environment.
Efficient and effective emergency care.