Don’t ignore life-threatening medical conditions

Across the world there are reports of more people dying of strokes, heart attacks and other serious medical conditions than usual. Although some of these patients test positive for COVID-19 (pointing to some potential link between the infection and the medical condition), many do not test positive. The reason for these deaths, it seems, is that fewer people are making medical appointments or visiting emergency rooms, because they are concerned about COVID-19 and practising social distancing as far as possible.

However, doctors warn that waiting too long to get help for life-threatening conditions may be more dangerous than contracting COVID-19.

If you’re experiencing a medical issue, call your doctor or the ER24 ‘Ask a Nurse’ line on 084 124. Your doctor or ER24 can then advise whether you should make an appointment, or seek urgent care at an emergency facility.