As the connection of stroke and Covid-19 pandemic is growing, its even more necessary to immediately inform the emergency number to treat the stroke rather than waiting to turn the stroke into a pandemic. This guidance is given by the Stroke Surgeons during kicking of the National Stroke Awareness Month. Furthermore, the Stroke Surgeons plead to ensure maximum social distancing during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
It is a fact that stroke can lead to the long-term disability and even the patient in the normal conditions. Each year, more than 800,000 US people suffer from the stroke and about 140,000 people losé their lives due to it along with many more left disabled for the rest of their lives. Prominent Stroke Surgeons have said that there is a high probability that the US might get record a number of stroke-related death due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Prominent Stroke Surgeon of Mount Sinai Hospital in Newyork, Dr. J Mocco said, “The connection between COVID-19 and stroke is real. After an initial drop in stroke cases in the time leading up to surge, the number of stroke patients doubled during the COVID-19 peak and more than half were COVID-19 positive. What’s more, these patients were on average 15 years younger than typical stroke patients and among the least likely to otherwise have a stroke.”
A prominent Stroke Surgeon with UW Medicine in Seattle, Dr. Michael Levitt said, “Patients should know that stroke units in hospitals are taking every precaution to protect our patients and our staff from COVID-19 exposure.”
“What remains unchanged throughout this pandemic is that we still need to play it safe when it comes to stroke and always call 9-1-1. Avoiding or delaying treatment will only lead to more deaths,” Dr. Michael Levitt further added.