Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits


Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend.

The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to talk to doctors as he stays hunkered down in his Somerset, Virginia, home.

"We don't even have people come out to the house because I have underlying conditions," Egner said. "If this bug every passed my way, I'm a dead man, and I'm going to try to be as careful as possible."

The pandemic pushed the U....

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