Outpatient, screening delays happening 'independent' of mandates

Americans are delaying outpatient and preventive care "independent of stay-at-home orders or state closures," a New Orleans-based Tulane University professor told local CBS affiliate 4WWL.

What you should know:

1. Engy Ziedan, PhD, an assistant professor of economics, examined EHR data representing 35 million Americans and found a 40 percent decrease in outpatient visits.

2. Orthopedic patient volumes also dropped by more than 60 percent in mid-March.

3. Dr. Ziedan attributed the declines to fears about contracting COVID-19, and said volumes haven't returned to pre-COVID-19 figures yet.

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