One of most frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 pandemic has been whether or not it’s safe to visit a doctor’s office. There are some inherent risks of going to a doctor’s office, but in some cases, a visit is necessary.
Here are some points to think about to help you decide whether or not to visit your doctor.
Know the Risks
Before you decide to visit a doctor’s office, you should educate yourself on the risks of doing so. Every individual will experience a different amount of risk when visiting a doctor’s office. Your risk level will be determined according to your age, location, occupation, and current physical health.
If you are immunocompromised, you will be at a higher risk level than someone who is not. If you are at a high-risk level and your doctor’s visit is not essential, it may be a good idea to wait until your risk level decreases.
Precautions You Can Take
If visiting a doctor’s office is essential for you, make sure to take the necessary precautions before traveling. Wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing your hands often, and limiting the size of your party to only the essential people are examples of precautions you should consider taking. You can also make sure to eat healthy, drink lots of water, and get enough vitamins and nutrients.
Doctors across the country are also striving to stay safe by taking precautions. Many doctor’s offices are implementing phone screenings prior to appointments, limiting staff and accompanying family members, regular deep cleaning, video visits, and staff PPE.
The CDC has provided doctors with many recommendations for how to prevent the spread in waiting rooms. While you still might experience the risk of contamination in a waiting room, you can generally trust that doctors are doing their best to keep you safe.
When Should I See a Doctor in Person?
There are some situations where physically visiting the doctor’s office is absolutely necessary. If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or other heart attack symptoms, call 911.
Do this if you experience sudden numbness, weakness, confusion, loss of vision, or other stroke symptoms as well. If you are having difficulty breathing, heavy bleeding, high fever, or traumatic injuries, head to the doctor right away. Don’t avoid your doctor, especially in the case of a medical emergency.
In this time of uncertainty, it might not be easy to tell whether or not you should visit your doctor or not. However, as you weigh the risks, take the necessary precautions, and prioritize safety, you will be as protected as possible.
Read more great advice in this other article: The E-Healthy News Guide to Covid 19