Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock

SPECIAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 246--251

The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on emergency department attendance: What seems to be keeping the patients away?


Fatimah Lateef 
 Department of Emergency Medicine; Singapore General Hospital; Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School; Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; SingHealth Duke NUS Institute of Medical Simulation, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Fatimah Lateef
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital
Singapore

During outbreaks such as severe acute respiratory syndrome and COVID 19, many Emergency Departments across the world had a reduction in the general attendance, including the attendance of more serious and critical diagnoses. Here, the author shares the numbers seen at Singapore General Hospital, the largest public hospital in Singapore during the period of February to June 2020. The reduction ranged from 13% to 28% compared to the same period in 2019, before the outbreak. Patient and healthcare system-related factors which may have caused these observations are discussed. The author also puts forth the Behavioral Immune System and Response mechanism as a possible explanation for patients staying away from the hospitals during the outbreak.


How to cite this article:
Lateef F. The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on emergency department attendance: What seems to be keeping the patients away?.J Emerg Trauma Shock 2020;13:246-251


How to cite this URL:
Lateef F. The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on emergency department attendance: What seems to be keeping the patients away?. J Emerg Trauma Shock [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 24 ];13:246-251
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