What to Do If You Need to See A Doctor During the Cornavirus Pandemic

by Crystal Carder
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A handful. That’s the amount of times I’ve had a UTI in my lifetime. And, wouldn’t you know it, now that this Cornavirus pandemic is happening, I ended up getting one.

Even though I tried to keep myself from having to go to the doctor, last night I experienced the worst back pain and I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. So this morning when I woke up, I tried to do a virtual doctor, but there was already a que of over 50 patients waiting! I knew I would be crazy to wait that long, so I outweighed the risk and decided to go to the Urgent Care close to my home. Risky right?

To say I was a little nervous, would be an understatement, but I had no other choice. And, as soon as we got to the urgent care, my oldest asked if he could go in too because his throat hurt. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but it ended up being our only course of action – we had to visit the doctor during the Cornavirus pandemic.

So, if you’re facing sickness and need to visit a doctor, first and foremost, do not panic, follow these simple tips for what to do.

Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath OR Flu Like Symptoms, Call the Dr. Before Going In

While my son and I were at the urgent care, there was a sign posted to the door, that if you have flu-like symptoms , dry cough, shortness of breath or fever call ahead before coming in.

This precaution makes it safer for other patients to not get sick, but it doesn’t mean patients exhibiting these types of symptoms won’t be treated. It just means extra precautions will be taken. While my son and I were getting assessed, someone called into the urgent care and the office simply gave met him at his car with a face mask and took him into the urgent care through the back entrance, so he didn’t affect other patients.

Visit Early

Since everyone is taking extra precautions to help stop the spread of Cornavirus, visiting the doctors office early helps to insure a cleaner office visit and getting in and out faster.

Though it may not always be possible, getting seen first will help speed up your doctor visit and help you to get back home sooner.

Don’t Panic

My husband was a little worried when I told him I was going to the urgent care, but he knew I had no choice. Rather than panic, I decided to focus on the positive.

There were over 50 people in line for a virtual doctor this morning, most people probably weren’t risking visiting an urgent care and I was right! When I got to the urgent care my son and I were the only ones in there.

In my opinion, now is probably a safer time to visit an urgent care than any time has been because doctor’s offices are cleaning more and taking more precautions to keep those sick with the flu and flu-like symptoms quarantined from those who are sick with other health issues.

Now, I am not saying to visit an urgent care if you don’t need to, but I am saying, don’t panic if you have to visit one. Just be sure to use plenty of sanitizers, wash hands, and wash the clothing you were wearing while you were at the doctor as soon as you get home so you don’t spread germs into your house.

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