During the coronavirus crisis, San Diego emergency rooms see a dip in visits

SAN DIEGO — A 54-year-old man recently arrived at a Scripps hospital in respiratory distress and died after physicians were unable to break up the massive blood clot in his lungs.His emergency team quickly learned that the man had been experiencing shortness of breath for several days, but concern that he might pick up a novel coronavirus infection at the hospital kept him from coming in sooner, said Dr. Ghazala Sharieff, chief medical officer of clinical excellence and experience at Scripps Health.“You wonder, had he come in with initial shortness of breath, could we have intervened and had a…

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