Screening is important
Do Not miss out on your important health checkups and screenings.
We are in the midst of a pandemic. People are scared of getting out. The government wants you to be in unless it is really necessary. All of these are for your safety.
But remember one thing you can not ignore your health and you should not miss out on important health checkups and screenings due to fear of COVID -19.
If you are due for your annual checkup or a screening test like a mammogram going to see your health care provider would be different from normal, but best decision for you will be to go and take care of yourself.
Most hospitals have a protocol in place as to how to keep patients coming to the hospitals safe. When you got to a doctor’s clinic or a hospital you may have your temperature taken and will be asked a few questions. When you get the all-clear, you receive a sticker and proceeded with your appointment. Healthcare staff and patients will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
Find out options
It’s important to make decisions about health care with your provider. A first step in deciding what’s best is to call your doctor’s office to ask what your options are and what protocols are in place to protect staff and patients. If you aren’t comfortable going to the clinic or hospital, ask if there are telemedicine options to talk to someone online, by phone, or through e-mail. Talk through whether rescheduling important screening tests is the best choice for you now.
The decision to get routine checkups and screenings is not the same for everyone. You need to have a discussion with your doctor. People may use telemedicine for checkups and some who have rescheduled their appointments for later dates.
Take Extra Precautions
If you do visit your doctor in person, it’s likely there will be new procedures to follow. You can protect yourself and others by covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.
Preventive care, including cancer screening, remains important. Make sure that you do not miss on your hatcheck ups and planned cancer follow-ups only due to fear of COVID-19.
Dr. Rakesh Rai. MS, FRCS, CCT, MD, ASTS Fellow.