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Eerily quiet ERs amid COVID-19 crisis could mean problems for other patients, doctors say (Dr. Daniel Kalla, SPH)

Eerily quiet ERs amid COVID-19 crisis could mean problems for other patients, doctors say (Photo credit: National Post)

‘We’re certainly hearing stories of people with abdominal pains and chest pains and all sorts of bad symptoms … who are just not coming to the hospital’

When Dr. Brett Belchetz arrived at the Toronto hospital where he works for his first shift Sunday after two weeks in self-isolation following a trip to New York, he found an institution transformed, physically and emotionally, by the looming pandemic.

It is not just in Toronto either. “Emergency volumes have plummeted all over the country,” said Dr. Daniel Kalla, the head of the emergency department at St. Paul’s Hospital, in downtown Vancouver. “People are so fearful of hospitals, understandably,” he said. They just aren’t coming in.

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Similar story can be found here: Owen Sound Sun Times.

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