(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many Americans have canceled or postponed non-emergency doctor visits. At first, practices were temporarily closed, but later patients avoided visits out of fear of exposure to COVID-19.
In a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from May of this year, nearly half (48%) of respondents said that they or someone in their household had postponed or skipped medical care because of the pandemic. Perhaps not surprisingly, 11% of adults overall reported that their or their family member’s health condition had worsened due to delaying or canceling medical appointments. If you or your child suffers from a chronic condition like allergies or asthma, it is likely you could experience a further decline in your health and well-being by continuing to put off visiting your allergist.