Your coronavirus questions answered: What families should know.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary pause on the whole world. While some parts of our lives must go on, we must also bear in mind the steps needed to adjust to a post-pandemic world. Healthcare is more necessary than ever in today’s times, but what is the best way to seek healthcare while taking precautions for COVID-19?

The answer is that we must weigh the pros and cons of visiting a healthcare provider in the COVID-19 era. Like any other visit, this one has its risks as well, but we must learn to identify if it is worth the risk or not.

Pros:

  1. Detailed examination: A physical presence guarantees a much more detailed and accurate health checkup. The doctor can determine your condition much more easily than if you attend a virtual check-up.
  2. Quick prescription: Often times in-person visit will provide much faster access to prescribed medication. You can simply then visit a pharmacy and buy what is needed.

Cons:

  1. Potential risk of COVID-19: This is the biggest factor to consider when going out. Since visiting a healthcare professional for a physical checkup leaves limited opportunity for social distancing, you will face some risk of exposure.
  2. Potential exposure of COVID-19 your loved ones: The COVID-19 virus is highly infectious, and its symptoms take around 2 weeks to show. This means that even if you contract the virus, you may not know it and can spread it to your family, including parents and children.

With this bigger picture in mind, think carefully before you risk infection of COVID-19 virus when you go out. Healthcare is a big part of anyone’s life, and it is important to prioritize this. But it is also important to practice the precautions that are required in the midst of this pandemic.

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