According to HFSA President, Biykem Bozkurt, MD, many hospitals are seeing less patients as fear is keeping them from seeking treatment, even when symptoms are apparent. In an article published on StatNews.com on April 23, Dr. Bozkurt and others share their perspectives on the "COVID-phobia" that may be causing people to put off care.
"'I think patients are scared to be exposed. Their perception is that hospitals are hotbeds for exposure and contamination,' Dr. Bozkurt said. She and other physicians think many may be ignoring or dismissing their symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, or weakness."