Study finds decline in emergent hospitalizations during early phase of COVID-19

Early reports have shown the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a decline in patients seeking outpatient medical care. Whether and how the pandemic has impacted patients seeking care for emergent conditions—emergent medical, surgical and obstetric hospitalizations—remains unclear, though emerging studies, including one from colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) demonstrate a reduction in patients seeking care for heart attack, stroke and cancer care.