August 12, 2020
As we’re living through a pandemic, many different aspects of your life have changed. You’ve been working at home instead of the office, the kids have been completing much of their schoolwork from home, and you’ve been avoiding public outings as much as you can. This is especially the case for those who are at higher risk of developing life-threatening symptoms if they contract COVID-19. Your dentist addresses some common concerns of patients who are at-risk.
Who Is Considered an At-Risk Patient?
Even though anyone can get COVID-19 and become ill, these people are at higher risk of developing symptoms that could be life-threatening:
- Older adults above the age of 65
- Patients with heart disease
- People with diabetes
- Obese individuals
- Those with a weakened immune system
- Anyone with chronic liver or kidney conditions
- Patients who live in nursing homes
How Can I Get My Essential Items?
If you are high-risk, it is especially important that you stay home when you are able to. However, at some point you will need to be restocked with food, medication, and any other essential supplies that you need to live comfortably. Fortunately, you have many different options.
If you need groceries, many stores offer contactless delivery. For an extra fee, you can have all of your groceries chosen and delivered to your car. You could also download a delivery app where you can order your groceries to be brought to you with a delivery fee. If this isn’t an option where you live, call your local grocery store and ask about high-risk customer hours. You should get enough groceries to last you a week or more so that you aren’t having to go back after a short amount of time.
As for medication, see if your prescription can be delivered directly to your home. If this isn’t an option, use the drive-thru instead of going inside. This way, you can limit contact with others.
Should I Attend My Doctors’ Appointments?
If your appointment isn’t essential, you may be able to delay it until a later date or address certain issues through a virtual appointment. If you have to see your doctor in person, give them a call and ask what they are doing to protect their patients from COVID-19. They will be able to give you the proper guidance regarding your individual situation in order to make your visit as safe as possible. This way, you can attend your appointment with peace of mind.
Your dentist is taking additional dental safety protocols to keep their at-risk patients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How Else Can I Protect Myself From COVID-19?
Here are some additional steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming sick or spreading illnesses to others:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Practice social distancing
- Wear a face covering
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home as much as you can
- Avoid touching surfaces when you are in public
Leaving your house during this time can result in a lot of stress and anxiety, but by taking some of these steps, you are less likely to become sick.
About the Author
Dr. Sarah Pitarra is a family and cosmetic dentist serving patients in the Corpus Christi area. She earned her doctorate at Baylor College of Dentistry and has diligently kept up with continuing education to expand her knowledge in the field. Dr. Pitarra is a member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is taking a variety of steps to keep her patients safe from COVID-19. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call (361) 855-7171.
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