We’re in the last quarter of 2020 and still getting used to the ‘new normal’ as it’s been termed. Though, to a large extent, life has resumed its course and businesses have reopened, schools are functional again, and recreation and socializing have also been resumed, the threat is far from gone.
For doctors and patients alike, it’s imperative that you follow all necessary safety measures and precautions when out in public, and seeking healthcare, or going about your day.
It’s important to take these precautions even if it feels cumbersome, and the threat seems to have subsided.Why are these still important to adhere to, and how can you do it?
It protects the immuno compromised
This is a very important factor to consider, whether you’re a physician or a regular individual who regularly comes in contact with those who are immuno compromised. Whether you have elderly parents, know or live with someone who has a health condition like diabetes, heart problems, or autoimmune disorder, you could be putting them at risk by not exercising enough caution.
While you need to be social distancing and avoiding close contact with people in public places, it’s also important that you wear masks, use sanitizer, and wash your hands. If you’ve been exposed or exhibit symptoms, avoid interacting with said people and self-isolate.
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Check for adherence, symptoms, and pain management, all while safely distancing yourself from them.
It keeps patients safe from exposure
In 2018, 7 million infections occurred in hospitals while people were being treated for other ailments and concerns. The prevalence of coronavirus infections is yet to be gauged in its complete magnitude, but it’s only fair to assume that hospitals, clinics, and other medical environments run a fairly high risk of spreading infection, regardless of how careful administration is.
The fear of infection alone is enough to make patients miss appointments, and this can hinder adherence to the regimen compromise the patients’ health. Telemedicine appointments, however, allow patients to stay in contact with their doctors without risking exposure, sharing details with them online.
This also allows patients who are at risk, and need in-person medical interventions, to receive priority and more direct attention from their physicians.
Physicians are also protected
As a healthcare provider, your safety is the most at stake. Despite PPE use and not being on the frontline, doctors and healthcare workers are among the most vulnerable groups and at high risk for the infection.
As a physician, it’s crucial to protect your health in the process of offering services too, which is why telemedicine has become an overnight influence in the wake of the pandemic, allowing doctors to stay connected and provide their essential services while being safe.
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