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Drastic Decline in ER Visits Suggests Many People Avoided Critical Medical Care in March and April

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A new study out Monday seems to confirm anecdotal reports from health care workers: Emergency rooms across the U.S. saw a massive decline in visits in March and April, possibly because people feared contracting covid-19 if they sought medical care.

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The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was an examination of daily emergency department visits as well as hospitalizations that went through the emergency department from January to April of this year. Data from more than 20 emergency rooms in five states—Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina—was included in the study.

The authors found that there was a clear decline in daily ER visits starting in March across all five states, relative to the months before. At the same time, there was an uptick in people who visited the ER and were then admitted for hospitalization. Between states, though, there were differences.

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In New York, for instance, the studied ERs reported a 63.5% decrease in total visits through March and April, while Colorado ERs reported a 41.5% decline (the smallest decline of the five states). New York also experienced a 149% increase in hospitalizations through the ER during this period, while North Carolina experienced a 22% jump in hospitalizations (the lowest increase of the five states).

The decline in ER visits, the authors concluded, suggests that policies intended to promote social distancing between people may have been interpreted too strongly by the general public.

“This is a case where public messaging appears to have worked too well,” lead author Edward Melnick, associate professor of emergency medicine at Yale University, said in a statement released by the university. “We said, ‘stay home,’ and what people heard was: ‘Stay home at all costs to avoid COVID-19.’”

The other findings by the team—that hospitalizations through the ER began increasing in March and April—do suggest that covid-19 made many people seriously sick during these early days. Importantly, the authors noted, admissions only began rising after locally reported cases of covid-19 began increasing as well. And New York’s much higher increase in hospitalizations relative to other states likely reflects the much larger outbreak the state was facing during that time (New York’s reported death toll of over 30,000 remains much greater than any other state’s so far).

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But though it’s true that some hospitals in areas hard hit by the pandemic continue to experience difficulties in securing enough resources to manage all their patients, hospitals in general do seem to have been able to cope during this time. According to Melnick, people shouldn’t be afraid to visit the ER if they feel they need emergency care, whether covid-19 rates are high in the area or not.

“Our new rallying cry is that hospitals are safe,” Melnick said. “Few hospitals outside of New York approached going over capacity during March and April 2020. That means a lot of people suffering from non-COVID illnesses and injuries may have stayed home and unnecessarily suffered or even died because they were too scared to come in.”

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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