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Can I go to the ER if it’s an emergency but not caused by the new coronavirus?

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If you have an emergency, of course you will need to get care. Apart from serious cases of COVID-19, some examples that should send you to the ER include:

  • Chest pains
  • Trouble breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Eye injury
  • Seizure
  • Severe cuts

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019: Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities,” “Coronavirus Disease 2019: Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.”

Kids Health: “What is elective surgery?”

Dukehealth.org: “COVID-19 Update,” “Visitor Restrictions in Place.”

American College of Surgeons: “COVID-19 Guidelines for Triage of Cardiac Surgery Patients.”

Medscape: “Should Docs Stop Providing Routine Care in the Era of COVID-19?”

AMA: “Helping private practices navigate non-essential care during COVID-19.”

Medicare.gov: “Medicare & Coronavirus.”

American Heart Association: “As COVID-19 cases increase, preventing a second heart attack or stroke is vital.”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronavirus Disease 2019.”

Scripps: “Should You Go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care?”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 12, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019: Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities,” “Coronavirus Disease 2019: Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.”

Kids Health: “What is elective surgery?”

Dukehealth.org: “COVID-19 Update,” “Visitor Restrictions in Place.”

American College of Surgeons: “COVID-19 Guidelines for Triage of Cardiac Surgery Patients.”

Medscape: “Should Docs Stop Providing Routine Care in the Era of COVID-19?”

AMA: “Helping private practices navigate non-essential care during COVID-19.”

Medicare.gov: “Medicare & Coronavirus.”

American Heart Association: “As COVID-19 cases increase, preventing a second heart attack or stroke is vital.”

Mayo Clinic: “Coronavirus Disease 2019.”

Scripps: “Should You Go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care?”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 12, 2020

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