The dominance of Coronavirus in our news headlines and on media platforms has a strange effect. It’s almost as if people are forgetting that other serious health conditions still can and will happen.

A global pandemic will not reduce occurrences of life-threatening emergencies or chronic medical conditions. Doctors everywhere are becoming concerned that people wrongly perceive hospitals as “unsafe” and are not seeking the medical care they need.

Don’t Wait to Seek Medical Attention

COVID-19 should not compromise an individual’s response to a medical problem during this time. Don’t wait to seek medical care in the event that you or a loved one needs it. Emergency conditions that require a timely response are especially significant, such as stroke, heart disease, childbirth, or traumatic injury.

A stroke offers a perfect example as to why that is. Mere seconds can make a difference when it comes to stroke treatment. Getting to the ER so a neurosurgeon can clear a blockage or stop a brain bleed that happens during a stroke can save your life, as well as reducing the chance of permanent brain defects.

Should I Be Nervous About Going to the Hospital During a Pandemic?

It is expected that patients may be more anxious than normal about going into hospital facilities during this time. However, Catholic Health is taking extreme measures to safeguard both caregivers and patients during this “new normal”. Our system was recently approved by the Department of Health to resume elective surgeries in both Erie and Niagara counties, based on the commitment to safety demonstrated at our hospitals.

Every day, the Catholic Health system takes steps to prioritize the safety of our caregivers and patients. Our healthcare professionals remain committed to the right way to care — even in these unprecedented times. If you or a loved one is in need, don’t wait. The hospital is still the safest place for you to be. 

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