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Many hospitals and clinics now are treating people who are infected with COVID-19. So if you're in the hospital or clinic for any other reason, this may be an unsettling time. It's common to be concerned about becoming infected with the virus.
But hospitals and clinics have policies to prevent the spread of infections. For example, doctors and nurses are trained to wash their hands before they treat you. Health care centers have stepped up these policies now. They are taking further steps to protect their patients.
As long as COVID-19 remains a public health problem, things are going to be different when you go to a health care facility. They may have new rules for your safety. These could include having you wear a cloth face cover, meeting you outside the clinic, and having you sit away from others in the waiting room.
Some people are avoiding clinics and hospitals because they're worried about COVID-19. But health emergencies like heart attacks and strokes haven't stopped. Even minor health problems could get worse if not treated. They might become more dangerous than the virus.
It's important to communicate with your care provider. If you have an appointment scheduled, call the clinic or hospital. They:
And if you have symptoms that worry you, don't ignore them. Call your doctor. Or if it's an emergency, call 911.
Your care team is very aware of the threat of COVID-19. They are doing everything they can to keep you safe. Hospitals and clinics may have different policies. But in general, you may expect many of these measures:
We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are some things you can do while you're receiving care.
Current as of:
March 26, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Heather Quinn MD - Family MedicineLesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 26, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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