Sharpe to the Point: COV-lateral damage

By Jim Sharpe | PHOENIX Magazine

Even though we won’t know the total number of COVID-19 deaths for months, some doctors and statisticians are already saying we will need to double that number.

Dr. Michael Waters, director of the Neurovascular Division and Stroke Program at Barrow Neurological Institute

They’re not arguing that we double the number of people dying from the disease, but say we should add those who die because of fear of coronavirus or because of the unintended consequences of the medical community and government’s reaction to it.

Dr. Michael Waters, director of the Neurovascular Division and Stroke Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, talked with me recently about COVID-induced strokes that have been occurring – even in younger people. He’s concerned that those experiencing a stroke won’t go to the hospital – because they’re worried they’ll catch the coronavirus, which they might already have.

Dr. Michael White, Valleywise Health’s chief medical officer, told KTAR News that they’ve noticed a 40 percent drop in people presenting at the hospital with heart attack symptoms. And you know, with all the crappy eating we’ve been doing, that there aren’t 40 percent fewer heart attacks happening.

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