U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is asking hospitals to consider stopping elective surgeries as the coronavirus spreads. Some hospitals already had started canceling or postponing elective surgeries, MarketWatch writes. UCSF Health hospitals are postponing up to 7,000 appointments a day. Doctors have noted high risk or elderly patients are currently canceling elective surgeries, such as knee replacements, that require general anesthesia.
Hospital & healthcare systems, PLEASE CONSIDER STOPPING ELECTIVE PROCEDURES until we can #FlattenTheCurve! 👇🏽
Each elective surgery you do:
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) March 14, 2020