Delays in Healthcare Linked to Delta Variant COVID-19 Cases

October 26, 2021

A new national survey found nearly one in five American households had to delay care for someone with a serious illness over the past few months because healthcare facilities were overwhelmed with treating unvaccinated COVID-19 patients for the virus.
The poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that 76% of those who delayed care for their serious medical problems reported negative health consequences.
Mental health related issues were also a concern with half of the households reporting serious problems with depression, anxiety, stress or serious problems sleeping.
The use of telehealth for medical visits was reported by 42% of respondents and the vast majority were satisfied with the virtual appointment. However, 64% of those using telehealth said they would have preferred an in-person visit with their doctor.
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