Not only COVID-19 disease impacts ambulance emergency demands but also lockdowns and quarantines

BMC Emergency Medicine, 23(1), 4


The pandemic has impacted both patients infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and patients who seek emergency assistance due to other health issues. Changes in emergency demands are expected to have occurred during the pandemic, the objective of this investigation is to characterize the changes in ambulance emergency demands during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Vaud State of Switzerland. The goal of this research is to identify the collateral effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency demands. To do so, this study quantifies the differences in health issues, level of severity, and patients’ sociodemographic characteristics (age, location, gender) prior to and during the outbreak.

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