Visiting the doctor during the pandemic may seem risky, but it’s not something to be avoided.

Regular wellness exams are key to managing ongoing chronic health concerns and preventing new ones. However, if you are uneasy about physically visiting during the pandemic, consider the following tips:

  1. See if your doctor offers telemedicine.
    Call beforehand to communicate with doctors and nurses by phone.
  2. If you must visit in person, protect yourself and others.
    Continue to wear your face coverings and stay six feet apart.
  3. Ask questions about their safety measures.When setting up an appointment, ask what the office is doing to keep patients safe.
  4. Plan ahead for any needed prescriptions.For prescribed medications, consider mail order. If that is not an option, talk to your physician about requesting larger supplies that will last longer and require fewer trips to the pharmacy.

If you have any concerns, always reach out to your doctor with your questions.