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Delayed access of provision of care in Italy resulting from fear of COVID-19

Tags: , , , , | May 6th, 2020

During Italy’s national lockdown for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), official hospital statistics in the period March 1–27, 2020, show substantial decreases—ranging from 73% to 88%— in paediatric emergency department visits compared with the same time period in 2019 and 2018 (figure). Similarly, family paediatricians widely report a considerable reduction in clinic visits, although this is difficult to measure precisely.

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