Today’s paper reveal that
“The coronavirus crisis has led to a sharp rise in the number of seriously ill people dying at home because they are reluctant to call for an ambulance, doctors and paramedics have warned.
Minutes of a remote meeting held by London A&E chiefs last week obtained by the Guardian reveal that dozens more people than usual are dying at home of a cardiac arrest – potentially related to coronavirus – each day before ambulance crews can reach them.”
The article goes on to say that in London paramedics usually attend a couple of calls a week where the patient is dead on arrival. Now the numbers are 3-4 every day.
The reason seems to be that people feel they should stay at home, as advised, and even when their symptoms worsen they don’t want to bother an overwork NHS.
Apparently people with underlying health issues like diabetes, asthma, can ‘tip over’ very quickly and for others, even healthy people, the strain of trying to breathe brings on a fatal heart attack.
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