Admissions to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers for emergency health conditions dropped 42% in the first five weeks of the pandemic compared to the month before, according to research published Friday by scientists at New York University and Mount Sinai medical schools in New York.
The steepest declines were in appendicitis-related issues, which dropped off by nearly 57%, and stroke, which declined by nearly 52%. VA facilities also saw decreases in admission rates for heart attacks, heart failure and other emergency health requirements.
Physicians have observed declines in the number of patients seeking medical care during the pandemic, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that emergency room visits fell by 42% in the first several weeks of the pandemic compared with the number of visits the previous year.
A person who has served and is no longer serving in a military.
The ceremony was attended by many of the surviving veterans of the WWII.