Title

Lifting COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Restrictions: Impact on Heart Failure Hospitalizations in Northeast Georgia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2-2020

Abstract

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the heart failure (HF) community witnessed unprecedented declines in HF-related patient visits and hospitalizations. Studies to date have focused on the impact of the initial phase of the COVID-19 lockdown of HF hospitalization trends across multiple countries. It is likely that patients with HF, who are at higher risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, delay seeking care in large part due to anxiety about contracting the virus. Nevertheless, the concerns may resolve over time with availability of treatment for COVID-19 and overwhelming HF symptom burden. Furthermore, the decision to seek acute HF care may be affected by the announcements of state governments relaxing Shelter-in-Place restrictions and allowing opening of businesses.

Publication Title

Journal of Cardiac Failure

PubMed ID

32755628

Comments

This letter was published in Journal of Cardiac Failure.

The published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cardfail.2020.07.017.

Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc.

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