By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Since the coronavirus pandemic arrived on U.S. shores in March, the number of calls to emergency medical services has fallen by more than 26% compared to the last two years, a new study finds.

At the same time, the number of EMS calls to homes where people have died has doubled, researchers say.

"The public health implications of these findings are alarming," said study co-author E. Brooke Lerner, from the University at Buffalo/State University of New York. She's vice chair for research in the emergency medicine department at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

"When people are making fewer 911 calls but those calls are about far more severe emergencies, it means that people with urgent conditions are likely not getting the emergency care they need in a timely way," Lerner said in a university news release. "The result is increased morbidity and mortality resulting from conditions not directly related to exposure to SARS-CoV2."

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