2020 has made people think twice before leaving their home and going to wherever they need to go. Every time you’re out, you’re risking covid-19 exposure.
While some people may not be too worried about that, people who are high-risk or have high-risk loved ones definitely are! Lots of daily activities can be postponed or altered to be covid-19 safe, but what about medical care? When an injury or illness occurs, waiting for the pandemic to be over isn’t an option.
Urgent care centers are one of the most popular choices for quick, affordable care, but many patients worry about their safety during this time.
Urgent Care Safety
Compared to grocery stores, gas stations, and public schools, urgent care centers are very safe during covid-19. Urgent care centers follow covid-19 safety guidelines to make their facility as safe as possible for both patients and staff. Some of those safety measures include:
- Masks for all patients and staff
- Social distancing
- Limiting the number of people in the facility at one time
- Frequent sanitizing, especially of high-touch surfaces
- Covid-19 temperature checks for all patients and staff before entering the building
- Covid-19 screening questions to identify potential cases
- Keeping covid-19 patients and suspected patients separate from non-covid patients and staff
Many urgent care centers have start to utilize telehealth appointments as an option for minor illnesses and medical questions that don’t necessarily require a physical examination. You might also be able to triage over a telehealth appointment and come in for further testing and evaluation as needed.
Telehealth can even be used to ask screening questions for covid-19 to ensure potential cases are kept separate from non-covid patients. Telehealth appointments give you the ability to speak with a healthcare provider in the comfort of your own home, with zero risk of covid-19 exposure.
For patients who are concerned about their covid-19 status, urgent care centers offer covid-19 diagnostic testing and antibody testing. Diagnostic testing is used to diagnose an active case of covid-19, while antibody testing is used to determine if you were previously exposed to the virus, even if no symptoms were present. Physicians at the urgent care can work to determine if you’re considered high-risk or not, so you have a firm understanding of what your current health status looks like during this pandemic.
To schedule an appointment at a local urgent care center and to answer covid-19 screening questions, give them a call or go online for more information!