Uncertainty is getting the worst of some of us. Typically, healthcare providers make decisions based on risk to the patient. Now medical decisions are commonly made on perceived risk to the provider. This is the equivalence of a world turned upside down in medicine. We have seen this before at the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
For a thoughtful perspective on the collateral damage of the pandemic on patients without COVID-19, I refer you to this article recently published in the NEJM.
We will soon enter a time of living with COVID-19, one where we will need to become comfortable in providing the standard of care for all patients, with or without COVID-19.