THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF WHILE VISITING THE HOSPITAL DURING COVID 19
The spread of COVID 19 has brought almost everything to a halt. Offices have allowed the employees to work from home or limited staff at the office, schools and colleges are shut and teachers are imparting lessons to the students via online mediums while everyone practices social distancing.
However, there are needs and essential requirements that absolutely require one to step out of the comfort of their homes. One such need is medical emergencies and check ups. With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, here’s a list of things to keep in mind while visiting a hospital or a clinic
1. How urgent is it?
The very first to note is whether it is the urgency of the medical condition. While some might prefer to forego a medical appointment in favor of staying safe, it might prove to be dangerous. It’s better to get a clearance on a routine check up which could otherwise make you more susceptible to COVID. Consider teleconsultation instead of a physical one if favorable. If your check up requires a physical consultation, avoid rush hours.
2. Check the hospital online
Many hospitals are working in silos due to the pandemic and might not be open to treat the general public throughout the day except for emergencies. There are others who are exclusively treating COVID patients and can be avoided in favour of a less risky hospital or clinic.
3. Take an advance appointment
Booking an advance appointment will limit your exposure to the hospital environment and waiting areas where there’s a risk of infections. Having an appointment in advance means you can be in and out as well as help the doctor prepare for your arrival.
4. Maintain Social Distancing
Most of the hospitals and public places have provided guidelines to maintain social distancing and hence you will be able to see distancing being followed at the hospital too. Make sure to have a distance of at least 6 feet from everyone around you. Avoid touching surfaces of any kind and restrict mobility as much as possible.
5. Take proper precautions
Make sure that you have a proper face mask that covers your mouth and nose properly. Also, make sure to wear disposable gloves that you can discard as soon as you are out of the hospital’s vicinity. Do not forget to carry a sanitizer with you to sanitize your hands frequently.
Remember to visit the hospital or clinic only if absolutely necessary. This way you’re not only preventing yourself from contamination but also avoiding unnecessary risk to others around you and at the medical institution.