Family Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know

COVID-19 continues to shake and surprise the medical industry. However, one thing’s certain: This virus affects everyone differently.

As a dedicated family medicine practice, Nostalgia Family Medicine is ready to partner with you for all of your primary care needs. Brandon Fletcher, MD, knows that many people, especially those with underlying health problems, need support and care now more than ever.

That’s why we created this informative guide on how family medicine can help ensure optimal health and wellness as we weather the COVID-19 storm.  

Underlying medical conditions and COVID-19

Anyone who comes into contact with the virus has a risk of catching it. Bear in mind, they may have minor symptoms or none at all. 

However, those with underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of these conditions include:

Older adults are another high-risk group. To avoid exposure, people who are at a higher risk of coronavirus complications should take a cautious approach when venturing out. Some of these precautions, per the CDC, include social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing a face covering. 

If you or a loved one is at a higher risk, it’s important to manage your chronic illness to stay healthy. Nostalgia Family Medicine can provide you with the care and guidance you need to keep your condition under control.

Why partnering with a family practice can keep you healthy during the coronavirus outbreak

At Nostalgia Family Medicine, our goal is to provide top-quality care that helps you maintain good health and keeps you safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s how we do it:

Telemedicine

Visiting a clinic or hospital may expose you to the coronavirus. This brings about fear and anxiety in many people, for many reasons. Do your symptoms warrant a trip to the hospital, or should you just stay home and hope for the best?

Instead of taking those chances, you can schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Fletcher. This keeps you in a safe environment while helping you determine if you should hop in your car and seek medical care.

Medical exam

With all that’s going on, an annual medical or physical exam may be the last thing on your mind. If it’s been some time since your last exam, it’s important to know that a quick and thorough exam plays a key role in preventing illness and maintaining optimal health. Some of the benefits of an annual medical exam include:

During your exam, Dr. Fletcher can also offer guidance and recommendations to keep your risk of complications from COVID-19 low if, for example, he detects signs of diabetes or hypertension.

Steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe

For your safety — as well as ours — we’re staying informed and up-to-date on the latest safety guidelines for running a clean and safe practice to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Whether you’re coming in for chronic migraines or bringing your child in for a physical, you can expect our team to have the right safety equipment on when engaging with patients. We’re also properly cleaning and sanitizing our hands, medical equipment, and patient waiting areas.

Care and guidance when you need it

As a family medicine practice, our goal at Nostalgia Family Medicine is to treat you like family and to provide the highest quality care when you need it the most. When you visit us for your primary care needs, we make sure to handle your health needs quickly. 

If you have questions about the coronavirus or want to learn more about our family practice services, reach out to Nostalgia Family Medicine by phone, or book an appointment online.

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