Muller Journal of Medical Sciences and Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--20

Did the fear of contagion deter patients from reporting serious conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown? A report from South India


YM Prasanth1, PP Kumar2, SM Rao3, B Ganaraja4 
1 Department of General Medicine, Father Muller's Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India, India
2 Department of General Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya (Deemed to be University), Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of General Medicine, KSHegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. B Ganaraja
Department of Physiology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru (A constituent of Manipal Academy of Higher Education), Manipal, Karnataka
India

Context: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-19 has had a devastating effect on the common man's life. Aim: To study whether the fear of contracting covid19 infection deter the patients from seeking medical help? Setting and Design: Retrospective study from hospital data were obtained from the medical record departments of four major hospitals. Materials and methods: Number of admissions for eight serious illnesses in the month of April in 2020 compared to 3 preceding years. Statistical analysis: The data were analyzed by applying multiple measures ANOVA and descriptive statistics. Results: There was a significant decrease in the number of admissions in each of the eight listed illnesses during April 2020 compared to the same period in the previous 3 years. There was no significant change in the number of deaths reported in the district during this period, as suggested by the government data. Conclusion: From the observed results, it is evident that there was a marked decline in the hospitalization for serious illnesses during the lockdown period in south India. This result is in agreement with the data from similar studies, published from hospitals worldwide.


How to cite this article:
Prasanth Y M, Kumar P P, Rao S M, Ganaraja B. Did the fear of contagion deter patients from reporting serious conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown? A report from South India.Muller J Med Sci Res 2021;12:17-20


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Prasanth Y M, Kumar P P, Rao S M, Ganaraja B. Did the fear of contagion deter patients from reporting serious conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown? A report from South India. Muller J Med Sci Res [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 7 ];12:17-20
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