During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with chronic diseases are less likely to see a doctor, which may further lead to an increase in mortality from causes not related to coronavirus. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Oleg Gridnev during a meeting of the Coordination Council of Commissioners for Human Rights.
“In the future, we may face excess mortality for reasons not related to COVID-19, we must understand this. During the epidemic, the number of visits to emergency departments of patients with serious diagnoses, chronic diseases and subsequent hospitalizations decreased significantly. Since March 2020, we have seen a drop in emergency room attendance, down by about 50%. The attendance of doctors by patients with chronic diseases during the epidemic fell by 30-50%. This can lead to an increase in mortality due to the lack of proper relationship of chronic patients with medicine,”said Gridnev.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of the population.