According to the World Health Organization, more than 117 million children are at the risk of missing out on their vaccines due to the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has made it difficult for individuals of all ages to seek regular medical care.

We are here to tell you that no matter what, you still need to see your doctor like you used to.

Here’s why:

Why you need to keep up with your regular medical care

COVID-19 isn’t the only healthcare concern that could affect us. While it’s a trending topic, let’s not forget that you could fall sick because of countless reasons. It’s normal for you to feel skeptical about leaving home under the circumstances like these. It’s even scarier to go to a medical clinic.

But here are a few facts:

  1. According to the BBC, seeking medical help is one of the key exemptions that allow you to safely leave your home, even if you don’t have any COVID-19 symptoms. 
  2. Your exposure to the virus is very limited in general medical centers. They are safer than emergency medical facilities.
  3. Your chronic conditions need regular care. If you’re dealing with diabetes, hypertension, a cardiovascular disease, heart failure, or chronic kidney disease—you can’t skip your doctor visits. If your condition is serious, any delays could be life-threatening. The doctor needs to check that your medications are functioning at optimum levels.
  4. The COVID-19 crisis has not been great for our mental health. Things have been gloomy, and we have all been subject to a lot of bad news coming in. You’d still want to seek professional help to cope with your mental health.
  5. You still need your annual flu vaccinations.
  6. For optimal development, your baby can’t miss out on their immunization schedule.

How to see a doctor while practicing social distancing?

Healthcare workers are nothing short of warriors. Even when the rest of the United States was confined to their homes, doctors were on the front lines, battling all sorts of health issues. They’re also doing all that they can to ensure your safety. These include round-the-clock sanitization, disinfecting, visitor restrictions, on-the-door screening, and spacing out visits.

Make sure you reach just in time of the appointment to avoid spending time in the waiting area. To make things quick, you can fill out the paperwork online and take it with you. This will also limit your contact with the receptionists.

Don’t skip the mask and gloves. Make sure you’re well-covered, have an alcohol-based sanitizer on you, and maintain your distance. It’s better to visit the clinic alone if possible. Don’t take another healthy individual if you could do without.

The residents of Sacramento are in for some good news because Natomas Family Practice is still taking appointments. We are dealing with pediatric issues, senior health, and women’s healthcare. Take a look at our family medicine services.