A large number of Americans are putting off appointments with their doctor as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation Center found that 48% of Americans said they or a family member skipped or delayed medical care because of COVID-19. For some people, their health conditions have gotten worse without medical attention (11%). However, most adults (86%) said their health has “stayed about the same” since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Mental health is affected as well as physical health. For example, 40% of Americans said stress related to the coronavirus has negatively affected their mental health. Women are more likely than men to experience a negative impact on their mental health. Of those who have delayed medical care, 70% said they expect to return to their doctors within the next three months.
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