Doctors Urge Stay-at-Home Residents to Avoid DIY Projects

While stay-at-home orders might be giving people opportunities to catch up on unfinished projects, doctors are urging residents to avoid taking on tasks that could result in injuries.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has issued a warning, saying even the smallest injury that requires a visit to the ER could overtax medical professionals and put the injured person at risk of catching the coronavirus.

BAPRA president Mark Henley says doctors "are particularly worried about the potential for an increase in traumatic injuries from activities such as DIY, gardening, cooking and hot water." He adds, "If everyone can take extra care, it would be hugely appreciated."

He said that reconstructive surgery takes many hours in theatre, and these incidents can divert time and precious resources away from very sick patients.

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