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Virtually half of Hispanics, blacks, had been afraid to go to hospital throughout COVID-19

HealthDay News – According to a survey published by the American Heart Association (AHA), Hispanics and blacks are most likely to stay home when medical emergencies such as heart attack or stroke arise to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection in the hospital. .

The Harris Survey conducted an online survey of 2,050 adults on behalf of the AHA between May 29 and June 2, 2020.

According to the results of the survey, more than half of Hispanics (55 percent) said they would be afraid to go to the hospital if they believed they were having a heart attack or stroke because they might be dealing with COVID-19 and 41 percent said they would stay home if they believed they were going to have a heart attack or stroke instead of taking the risk of contracting it in the hospital. Likewise, 45 percent of blacks said they were scared and a third would stay home. In comparison, 40 percent of whites said they were afraid and 24 percent of whites said they would stay at home.

“This finding is another challenge for Black and Hispanic communities who are more likely to suffer disproportionately high rates of underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and die from COVID-19,” said Dr. Rafael Ortiz, an AHA volunteer medical expert and chief of neuroendovascular surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a statement.

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