COVID-19 has become the priority of most hospitals nowadays due to the pandemic. But what if you have a medical emergency that’s not related to the coronavirus? Should you still go to the hospital and seek help from your doctor?
Well, the severity of the coronavirus outbreak varies from place to place. WebMD encourages to first find out the latest development in the COVID-19 outbreak in your local community before deciding on what you should do next.
If your medical situation isn’t really urgent, it would be wise to not make an appointment or cancel an imminent appointment with your doctor. Most hospitals and clinics at present are focused on attending to the needs of COVID-19 patients and people who are manifesting symptoms of the viral disease.
Guidelines from health organizations also indicate that doctors should prioritize urgent and emergency visits now while also conserving hospital supplies, especially the ones needed for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Due to the pandemic, several doctors opt to cancel any elective procedure and routine visits. Doctors are aware of the gravity of the conditions of their patients. So if you have a scheduled surgery that has not been canceled by your physician despite the pandemic, then that most certainly means that the procedure is necessary to ensure your safety and well-being. When in doubt, it’s best to call first instead of heading to the hospital right away.
You may also seek for virtual checkups. Many hospitals and clinics already allow online appointments. In this setup, you can speak with a doctor about your medical problem via a computer or a smartphone.
However, if you really need to go see a doctor because of a medical emergency, then you should come prepared. To lower the risk of contracting COVID-19 during your visit to the hospital, always keep distance (at least 6 feet) from other people. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol content if soap and water are not available.
Experts also recommend avoiding touching your face when you are out of your house to prevent the spread of the virus. It is also best to avoid touching surfaces and using disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces and things that you need to touch during your visit to the doctor’s clinic or emergency room.