A sharp drop in accident-and-emergency admissions worries medics

4/9/2020 9:00:00 PM

More hand-washing could explain fewer stomach bugs. It is unlikely to explain fewer heart attacks

The government has encouraged people to protect the NHS. It now needs to encourage them to protect themselves

More hand-washing could explain fewer stomach bugs. It is unlikely to explain fewer heart attacks

T IS Acurious feature of this pandemic that hospital emergency departments are unusually empty. An uptick in the number of pneumonia admissions has been more than balanced out by an enormous fall in the number of people coming in with other problems. “It is eerily quiet,” reports one emergency doctor. “You almost want it to be busy, so you feel all those preparations are useful.”

The government’s mantra, repeated at every opportunity, instructs people to “stay home, protect theNHS, save lives”. But the message is intended for healthy folk, so that they should not transmit the virus, not for those who need treatment for non-covid illnesses. Doctors are concerned that people are staying away from hospitals so as not to add to the pressure on the health service or because they fear catching the virus. Although intensive-care units are stuffed with people suffering from the coronavirus, early data suggests attendance in emergency departments is down by nearly half in England and by more than half in Wales.

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Could one, partial, explanation be that due to the fact that because pubs, bars and clubs are closed people are not going out to drink at the weekends and therefore not getting ill and having accidents? It has, in the past, been identified as a problem for A and E departments. Many A&E depts are normally full of non emergency cases because they can't get GP appointments.

Same in most european countries. They’re filling out forms online and on hold with some government bureaucrats somewhere Wow! I thought they inundated with Eccono virus patients. Virus danger keeps people safe, less injuries and less people gets other deceases. Always something positive in the bad! StayHomeSaveLives looking more like the knee-jerk dumb soundbyte it always was huh? Like I said, when this is all over and proper accounting of what lockdown cost happens, will be lots of embarrassed quiet faces across the country. May even have an NHS left if we're lucky!

The country should provide more protective suits and masks for NHS staffs ! Sack chrislockwd NOW!!!! What a disgrace of a man he is!!!! Tbf, less work related stress might explain fewer heart attacks, many commuters have just found they have an extra 2 hours a day to get ready for work on their laptops at home.

They are healthy because they are not out there getting infected and infecting others

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The next world wide census will be interesting. So many hospital ER's throughout the UK rooms have been empty for weeks now, people are being left to die at home from things other than this virus. Interesting.. virus cases drop but heart attacks have extremely increased. Everyone staying home means less likely to do activities which will uncover a cardiac issues. People not getting enough exercise will lead to more cardiac problems in the future. This isn't really a mystery...

Less pollution = better health Air pollution (AAP) and particulate matters (PM) have been closely associated with adverse health effects such as respiratory disease and cardiovascular diseases. Less work, less stress. Makes sense really. People dying at home? 🤔 Sodium phosphate. Dehydration. Lungs shut down. Hydrate your mussels Hy Dro Oximine, you have to ween off. Then go to a Monohydrate level like Creatine. Your have to repair the mussels moving. Hydration does that.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s because everyone is sitting on their couch?! Or... too afraid to go to hospital to wait 65 hours for a bed and possible catch The Rona. 🤷🏼‍♀️ This tweet is only a teaser. You can read it only if you register and PAY.

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Yup. Feel on the ice 17 days ago. Finally went to ER yesterday for xrays. Tiny fracture on the elbow, small bone chip on the wrist. ‘Tis but a scratch. Requested no cast so I could keep washing my hands. In and out: 47 minutes.

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I T IS A curious feature of this pandemic that hospital emergency departments are unusually empty.their landlord , Mario Salerno.EastEnders' Keegan Baker gets arrested before his wife Tiffany drops a major bombshell.EastEnders' Keegan Baker gets arrested before his wife Tiffany drops a major bombshell.

An uptick in the number of pneumonia admissions has been more than balanced out by an enormous fall in the number of people coming in with other problems. “It is eerily quiet,” reports one emergency doctor. Stay safe, help your neighbors and wash your hands. “You almost want it to be busy, so you feel all those preparations are useful. But Keegan goes ahead with a loan anyway when Kheerat (Jaz Deol) tries to convince Tiffany payday loans aren't such a bad idea.” The government’s mantra, repeated at every opportunity, instructs people to “stay home, protect the NHS , save lives”. But if you ask Salerno, which NBC New York did, it’s simply the right thing to do. But the message is intended for healthy folk, so that they should not transmit the virus, not for those who need treatment for non-covid illnesses. Police are flooding the scene after Vinny's friend Hari rips into Ash (Gurlaine Kaur Garcha) and Iqra (Priya Davdra).

Doctors are concerned that people are staying away from hospitals so as not to add to the pressure on the health service or because they fear catching the virus. “I say don’t worry about paying me; worry about your neighbor and worry about your family. Everything is escalating out of control as a brick smashes a police car. Although intensive-care units are stuffed with people suffering from the coronavirus, early data suggests attendance in emergency departments is down by nearly half in England and by more than half in Wales. This is not entirely bad. “I want everybody to be healthy,” he said. For one thing, the quiet has made reorganisation easier. Fear strikes Tiffany's heart when she watches Keegan being whisked away by police. And it is likely that some of the drop-off reflects a genuine decline in need.” It’s a gesture that is obviously appreciated by the people living in his buildings. Desperate, the dedicated wife turns to cop Jack (Scott Maslen) to get her husband out of the mess.

Many of the so-called “worried well” are now probably more worried by a trip to hospital than by their supposed illness. With more handwashing, it is little surprise that admissions for gastrointestinal illnesses have dropped. After she had to shut down her salon, she didn’t know how she’d piece together this month’s rent. It seems there is no way out as the evidence goes against his word. With pubs closed and roads empty, there are fewer accidents. Greater use of online and telephone consultations means that fewer people need to come into hospital to receive care.’ Nobody wants that,” she recounted her worries, with a laugh. Yet the scale of the drop in admissions has alarmed medics. What secret does Tiffany have to share with her husband Keegan? Read More Showbiz editor's picks Will Keegan come out of the police investigation unscathed? *EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7. What secret does Tiffany have to share with her husband Keegan? Read More Showbiz editor's picks Will Keegan come out of the police investigation unscathed? *EastEnders airs on BBC One on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7.

Before the crisis, the health service estimated that just one in ten emergency attendances were “non-urgent”, meaning treatment could have been provided by a general practitioner outside of hospital. “He’s Superman. Emergency departments are not just seeing fewer stomach bugs. There has been a sharp fall in the number of emergency admissions with cardiac problems.” Paul Gentile, a tenant who lost his job in March due to the pandemic, said the note from Salerno surprised him but didn’t shock him — in the four years he’s lived in one of Salerno’s buildings, he’s always been happy to help. Forthcoming data will show that referrals for cancer diagnosis have plunged. And one hospital even reports a 70% fall in admissions for detached retinas. He’s amazing,” Gentile shared with The New York Times .

None of these things is likely to be the result of cleaner hands. The NHS is scrabbling to find out what other treatment people may be missing out on. He told NBC News that his primary concern right now is the wellbeing of his tenants and his community. Once these gaps have been identified, it will try to get in touch with people potentially at risk, telling them to seek treatment. As Carrie MacEwan, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, notes, the worry is that the health service is storing up problems for once the first wave of the virus has passed.S. Having encouraged people to protect the NHS , the government now needs to encourage them to protect themselves.

■ This article appeared in the Britain section of the print edition under the headline "Stay home, protect the NHS, unless..." .