Are you denying yourself medical care?
Fear of catching COVID-19 may keep you away from doctors' offices and emergency rooms. Will that hurt or help your health?
For many people, it's a daily debate: Do you risk getting COVID-19 by venturing outside your home and being around others — even if you wear a mask, observe social distancing, and use hand sanitizer? Or do you play it safe and stay inside? The answer is complicated, especially when the reason for leaving home is health-related.
People are understandably concerned about catching COVID while making a medical visit. But avoiding medical treatment because of this kind of thinking can be dangerous, and it appears to be taking a deadly toll.