Telemedicine providers want to increase the awareness of the telehealth benefit as a means to avoid the ER, urgent care, and doctors’ offices. This approach aligns with CDC recommendation to leverage telehealth visits to treat and limit spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 to our healthcare providers and healthcare system.

The newspapers and online news streaming services read like something out of a science fiction novel but unfortunately, there is truth to some of the stories about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

However, some of the stories are not true or they are sensationalized.

At AgeWell News we are going to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get our news on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and also telemedicine providers. Below are the details we have uncovered …

From the CDC website

“CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) …”READ MORE

Use Telemedicine Consults if at all possible

If you feel you are feeling ill, have a telemedicine consult from home first.
Here is why …
One way that all of us can help with this serious situation is to use telemedicine appointments if at all possible in diagnosing what may be a cold, flu, Coronavirus Disease 2019 or something else. The CDC warns us that the coronavirus will continue to spread and we (citizens) need to help to protect our communities and our healthcare infrastructure by minimizing contact if we are sick.

Telemedicine providers want to increase the awareness of the telehealth benefit as a means to avoid the ER, urgent care, and doctors’ offices. This approach aligns with CDC recommendation to leverage telehealth visits to treat and limit spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 to our healthcare providers and healthcare system.

Get Prepared to do a Telemedicine Consult while you are well

While you do not have symptoms, call your insurance provider and ask if they offer telemedicine consults. Get instructions on how to use the telemedicine consults that your insurance provides. Your telemedicine service may offer appointments from your computer or a call with a cell phone.

Basically with this approach, when and if you feel unwell, you can avoid the waiting room germs and limit your exposure to other sick people in that waiting room.

With telemedicine consults, you can talk to a board-certified doctor by video or phone from your home. With most telemedicine programs you can:

  • Talk to a board-certified doctor by video or phone.
  • Doctors available anytime, day or night, even on weekends and holidays and all from the comfort of your home.
  • Prescriptions can be sent to your nearest pharmacy, if medically necessary. There are limitations on prescribing any narcotics with telemedicine consults.

If you do not have insurance or your insurance provider does not provide telemedicine consults – then check out these companies:

Website: https://www.doctorondemand.com

Website: https://www.mdlive.com

Website: https://www.teladoc.com/

Minimize the Risk of Exposure

And here we are AgeWell News promoting news and events for older adults. The truth is we should probably avoid large gatherings until we see how Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) progresses or hopefully gradually disappears. Our positive thoughts here at AgeWell News, is that just like with the flu and cold season, these illnesses have a tendency to disappear with the warm spring weather. So at least for the Northern Hemisphere, lets hope that this is the case. Meanwhile here are suggestions from the CDC on minimizing the risk of exposure:

  • At first sign of illness use a telemedicine consult to get medical advice on next steps
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

So as much as we have many, many wonderful events listed on this website, please be careful of crowds for both getting yourself ill and making others sick if you are ill.

We are all in this together and we need to protect our communities and the more fragile older adults that we know.

This is a good time for people to surf and learn about resources and services for older adults by visiting websites, watching videos and take some time out and enjoy movies from services like Comcast, Netflix, Roku and others. We will put on our “to do list” to make a post about where television viewing is going.

Please stay safe and stay healthy!