If you have an appointment scheduled, here are some tips for protecting yourself from COVID-19 during your visit to the doctor’s office.
The internet has made it possible to adapt some health services for remote patient care. But, what happens when face-to-face care is necessary? In response to the potential concerns many people have about visiting a healthcare facility for fear of getting COVID-19, the Mayo Clinic published a report with several precautionary measures to take if you have to go to a doctor’s appointment in person.
Plan your visit
The first thing is to get the basics straight before you leave the house: use a mask at all times, avoid contact with the majority of surfaces and with other people. It is likely there will be a limited number of patients who can be in the health center at the same time, so you will not be able to take a companion unless it is strictly necessary.
“Ask any questions you have on security measures. For example, it may be a good idea to ask if the clinic can send the receipt electronically or via email. This is a good option, since that way you do not have to worry about the transmission of the virus at reception before leaving the clinic,” states the information on the website.
When you enter the medical facility or office, keep in mind that there will be other patients. There, it is important to comply with all biosafety protocols, such as frequently washing your hands, avoiding touching your nose or eyes, staying at least two meters away from other people, and using antibacterial gel with at least 60% alcohol before or after touching surfaces, in the waiting room for example.
Areas that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, and touch screens should be avoided. “Even though they are cleaned regularly, there is still the possibility that there are microbes on them. Use gloves or a disposable tissue to open doors and push the buttons on the elevator,” the Clinic explains.
At the time of payment
Choose a payment method where there is no contact when paying at the health center or when replacing medications. Ideally, you can order them by mail or have them delivered to avoid visits to the pharmacy.
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