COVID-19 cases are slowing down across the U.S as of May 2020, which means that more businesses are opening and more people are breaking quarantine. For high-risk patients, this may mean that COVID-19 infections could spike or increase if they are not careful.
As individuals return to work, high-risk patients still need to evaluate their risks of also going back to their normal routines. Whenever patients need to manage their infection risks, there are a few medical services and techniques to help stay healthy for any possible COVID-19 infection:
Get COVID-19 Testing via urgent care
COVID-19 Testing for patients can help determine their current risks for COVID–19 as well as if they had a previous infection.
Swab testing allows a provider to determine if they have an active COVID-19 infection and helps patients decided if increased at-home quarantining is needed. Additionally, an antibody test helps detect the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, which help your body fight the COVID-19 virus. Having antibodies in your system means that you not only had a previous COVID infection but you also developed some form of immunity to the virus.
Ask our provider team if you are an ideal patient for COVID-19 testing and determine your immediate risks, or immunity, of coronavirus.
Use telemedicine as an alternative to walk-in care
Telemedicine urgent care allows a patient to get sudden illness and acute care through their smartphone. The remote options for care offered by telemedicine can help high-risk COVID-19 patients get care without risking a trip or breaking quarantine.
Patients can evaluate their illness symptoms from their phone by consulting a provider online. Sneezing, coughing, sinus pain, fever, rashes, skin irritation, and gastrointestinal issues are all treatable through telemedicine. Patients just need to book their appointment online using any of the buttons on our website!
Telemedicine allows high-risk patients to get care and treatment without having to defer care or risk going to the clinic directly. Just book online and get treatment!
Maintain adequate infection control
Infection control and prevention is the key to staying healthy from widespread disease. The techniques that can reduce cases of the flu as well as the common cold are also useful for COVID-19.
In fact, the CDC has special COVID-19 guidance on infection control. Here are a few simple yet effective measures you can take to reduce COVID-19 from spreading:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after traveling or blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes and avoid close contact with others. Maintain the recommended distance of six feet from others.
- Avoid large gatherings and crowds when possible.
- Cover your mouth with a mask when going outside to prevent the spread and transmission or droplets that carry COVID-19.
- Clean and disinfect your household frequently.