Jennifer Frontera, MD: Utilizing Hospitals Amid COVID-19

May 12, 2020

The professor of neurology at NYU Langone gives her input on those who are nervous to take hospital trips, as well as the protocol for patients with neurological disorders as COVID-19 slows down.

“We really do want to encourage folks that the organization in many of these hospitals is much better than it was at the beginning of this pandemic.”

As the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic takes a declining turn, the need for following protocol and maintaining social distancing becomes even more crucial, especially to prevent a second wave. While hospitals are still feeling the effects of overcrowding, doctors are still requesting that those who need medical attention seek it rather than forego a trip to the physician.

Jennifer Frontera, professor of neurology, NYU Langone, tells NeurologyLive that although we must maintain the course, patients should not be avoiding the hospital if they have a serious condition because of the fear of contracting the virus. She feels that in timely cases, such as strokes, patients must still seek emergency room care and should not feel the need to stay at home.

In this interview with NeurologyLive, Frontera details the importance of seeking emergency room care despite levels of COVID-19 being higher in a hospital setting. She also gives an overview of the standard protocol patients with neurologic symptoms should continue to follow.