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What primary care providers want you to know about COVID-19

Wellness | September 9, 2020
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Protect yourself and your health with these tips.

With all of the fears of the unknown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s essential to stay up-to-date on the facts. Your primary care provider can help you understand what you need to know to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Be aware of how the virus spreads

Since the pandemic was declared earlier this year, experts have found that the coronavirus spreads through droplets from a sneeze, cough, or even talking to someone standing close by. Once droplets leave the body, they “can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.” Knowing this can help people avoid both catching and spreading the virus.

Know how to protect yourself

Emma Sachs, DO, a primary care provider at PeaceHealth in Eugene, Ore. , says “I always emphasize the importance of wearing a mask, staying socially distant, avoiding large crowds and avoiding contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from getting COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask. To protect others, wear a mask or cloth face covering over your mouth and nose. To protect yourself from being infected by others, wear a mask that can keep you from breathing in small droplets or aerosol particles from others. Read more about mask types.
  • Keep your distance from others. The easiest step to not getting sick is to simply avoid being around others – beyond members of your household — as much as possible. And if or when you go to the store or work, stay at least six feet from others while wearing your mask or face covering.
  • Wash your hands. Don’t just wash after using the restroom or before eating. Make it a habit to wash your hands often, especially after touching surfaces commonly used by others. Avoid touching your face.

While these tips are helpful, there are many other ways to reduce your risk, including wearing a face shield to protect your eyes and monitoring your daily health. Take every step to stay healthy.

Keep up with your doctor visits

Staying on top of your health is always important but especially when living through a pandemic.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor to make sure you’re up-to-date on immunizations and to manage any pre-existing conditions.

Dr. Sachs agrees, noting, "I am recommending everyone receive their flu vaccine at the end of September or early October as the best protection against the flu this season.”

Keeping up with your doctor visits will keep you on the right track to staying healthy. Being in good health can make all the difference in surviving if you were to become sick with COVID-19.

Schedule an appointment

It’s easier than ever to make an appointment since many physicians offer online visits too. A doctor’s office can seem scary during a pandemic – after all, it’s where sick people go to get care,  but clinics are taking every precaution possible to keep you safe.

The alternative to a face-to-face doctor’s visit is to make a video visit with your provider. To make a PeaceHealth video appointment, just follow these simple steps:

  • Visit
  • Activate or log into your account.
  • Schedule a video visit.
  • On the day of your appointment, log in 10-15 minutes before your visit time.
  • Click the “ECHECK-IN” button; your doctor will join you online shortly.

Check the video visits page for helpful tips and instructions to make setting up your virtual visit a smooth process. Interpreters are also available upon request.

Remember PeaceHealth is working to keep you safe

Although video visits can be convenient, sometimes there’s no substitute for being seen in person. PeaceHealth is taking the necessary precautions to make sure our patients feel safe when visiting the office. 

  • At the entrance of the clinic, everyone receives a temperature check before coming in.
  • Face coverings and social distancing are required. If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided to you at the office.
  • All PeaceHealth staff wear face coverings as well as extra personal protective equipment (PPE) when interacting with patients.
  • All locations are cleaned thoroughly after each patient visit and at the end of each day.

Check out the rest of the precautions PeaceHealth is taking inside every location to keep their patients healthy and COVID-19-free.

Arrive at your visit alone

One of the most important precautions taken at PeaceHealth locations is limiting the number of people in the office at any one time. Unless the patient needs assistance, visitors may not accompany patients inside the building. This is an essential step that helps to maintain social distancing and keep interactions with others to a minimum. While this is a new way of doing things, it’s to keep all patients healthy.

Coronavirus has changed the way millions of people live and that applies to medical visits as well. Our team wants you to know the steps you need to take to stay healthy and what we are doing to make your health our priority. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself and others.

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