People should seek medical care when they need it and not be put off by the coronavirus epidemic, say doctors, charities and the health service.
Anyone who delays seeking treatment is putting their long-term health at risk, as well as their life, they warn.
Half the usual number of people are going to A&E and treatment for heart attacks and strokes is down.
Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons people can safely leave home, government guidance says.
“Ignoring problems can have serious consequences – now or in the future,” the head of NHS England, Sir Simon Stevens, says.
“So whether you or your loved one has the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, are a parent worried about their child or have concerns about conditions such as cancer, you should seek help in the way you always would.”
How to get help
- Go to your GP practice, use NHS 111 online or call 111 if you need medical help
- Call 999 in emergencies
- Go to hospital if you are told you should
Source: BBC News