© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ambulances are pictured in front of a temporary space for patients at the CHUV in Lausanne
By Emma Farge
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Swiss emergency rooms and hospitals are quieter than usual despite an influx of COVID-19 patients, a worrying sign that some doctors say could mean more people are dying at home from other ailments.
Concerned about the trend amid the pandemic, staff at the Cardiocentro hospital in the southern canton of Ticino bordering on hard-hit Italy called its regular patients to check up on them.
One of them had been quietly suffering from a heart vessel problem at home for days and, once he was coaxed to come in, was operated on urgently. Another died before coming into hospital.
“Many patients tell us I waited because I am afraid of coming into contact with a COVID patient,” Giovanni Pedrazzini, president of the Swiss cardiology society and co-head of…