Ericka Samantha Teleg, MD
Bekelis K, Missios S, Ahmad J, Labropoulos N, Schirmer CM, Calnan DR, Skinner J, MacKenzie TA. Ischemic Stroke Occurs Less Frequently in Patients With COVID-19: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study. Stroke. 2020;51:3570–3576.
COVID-19 has affected stroke systems all over the globe, including diagnosis, recognition, and even management in stroke centers and hospitals. Stroke times may have been compromised due to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. The strength of COVID-19 and stroke studies in general allows the stroke neurologist and other practitioners to navigate during the COVID-19 crises.
Bekelis et al. emphasize that despite the presence of multiple case series and observational studies regarding the stroke milieu in the time of COVID-19, there exists a decreased occurrence of ischemic stroke across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. This statement emphasizes that despite the circumstances we face at this complicated time, we must urge patients not to delay stroke care, despite the risk of COVID-19 contraction. The title that includes “less frequently” has made this reader quite interested to understand what the authors mean.