Coronavirus, or COVID-19 (“novel coronavirus”), has made its way into the United States and each day there are more confirmed cases. While you’re still relatively unlikely to contract COVID-19, now is the time to start getting prepared, and telemedicine should be an item on your prep list.
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Preparing For Coronavirus
How The Virus Spreads
According to the CDC: “Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.”
How To Avoid Getting Sick
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Why Telemedicine Should Be A Part Of Your Coronavirus Preparations
1. Get A Doctor’s Opinion Of Your Symptoms From Your Home
Coronavirus’ symptoms include fever, cough sore throat, headache and shortness of breath.
While telemedicine services cannot virtually test you for Coronavirus, a telehealth doctor can give you their professional opinion about your symptoms and how to reduce your risk of contracting the virus.
2. Telemedicine Gives You Back Up Medical Care
Telemedicine puts a doctor within arm’s reach at all times—which can also be important if the disease continues to spread. New reports are indicating that this outbreak will stress the U.S. health system, especially access to Primary Care Providers. Telemedicine gives you access to doctors for non-virus related healthcare needs, taking stress out of the system while ensuring that you have access to the care you need.
With doctors available 24/7 via mobile app, website or phone, telemedicine is the best choice for many minor illnesses or injuries.
3. Get Prescriptions And Refills
Telemedicine provider, First Stop Health, will prescribe medication and refill prescriptions over the phone or via video chat. Experts recommend preparing for coronavirus by having an additional supply of the prescription medications you need in case of a broader quarantine. If you are someone who regularly takes medication or vitamins, make sure you have a supply of the prescriptions you need ahead of time.
4. Limit Your Exposure To The Outside World
It’s no secret that limiting your exposure to the outside world is one of the best ways to reduce the chances you’ll contract coronavirus. The more you can avoid sick patients in crowded waiting rooms, the safer you are from getting a new illness.
Why First Stop Health
If you’re considering telemedicine as a prep step for coronavirus, we highly recommend First Stop Health’s service. First Stop Health provides prescriptions, 24/7 access to board certified doctors and the ability to call over the phone or video chat.
Unlike other telemedicine providers, you can subscribe to First Stop Health for a flat fee—which means you get unlimited virtual visits every month and up to seven family members are covered by the same subscription.