Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have avoided or delayed health care out of concern for their health or the health of their families. According to a national survey of 4,400 Americans, conducted by Aetna and Morning Consult, 60% responded that they had canceled or delayed health care appointments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, half of the respondents have concerns about how the pandemic has impacted their or their family’s health in a negative way, and nearly 60% of people with chronic conditions are concerned the pandemic has affected their health. Finally, 50% of pregnant women reported that they were not confident that their primary care physicians had put necessary measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
While it is crucial to continue to take measures to prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19, it is also important that those with medical conditions continue to receive the care they need to prevent conditions from getting worse. Patients are encouraged to continue to receive primary care, as long as they follow all mask and distancing policies. There has also been a great increase in medical applications and websites that allow patients to communicate with medical professionals without leaving their house.