June 14, 2020
Almost everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in one way or another. In order to keep yourself and others safe, you’ve been limiting your public outings, washing your hands frequently, and wearing a face covering. As inconvenient as everything has been, by doing these things, you’ve helping to protect the higher risk individuals in your community. Your emergency dentist in Boston, MA addresses some of the more common concerns of at-risk patients.
Who is an At-Risk Patient?
Anyone can get COVID-19 and fall ill. Although some have mild to no symptoms, the following people would be considered high-risk for developing life-threatening complications from the virus:
- Adults over the age of 65.
- People with lung conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung cancer.
- Anyone who is obese. This is especially the case for people with a BMI of 40 or above.
- People with weakened immune systems. This is caused by immune deficiencies, HIV, organ transplants, cancer treatment, and certain medications.
- Anyone with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
- People with heart disease, including high blood pressure, history of heart attacks, or coronary artery disease.
- Anyone with liver or kidney disease.
How Can You Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19?
It’s important to take precautions no matter who you are. If you or a loved one is at-risk for severe symptoms, just remember to follow the following recommendations:
- Stay home as much as possible!
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Follow social distancing guidelines.
- Frequently sanitize surfaces.
- Wear a cloth face covering.
Should You Still Go to Your Doctor’s Appointments?
This is between you and your doctor. If you’re worried about becoming exposed to COVID-19 during your visit, give your doctor a call. They will be able to tell you about all of the precautions that they’re taking to keep their patients safe. Certain appointments may be able to be postponed until a later date. Other issues can be addressed through a virtual visit or over the phone.
How Should You Get Essential Items If You’re High Risk?
There are essential items that everyone needs. This includes food, medication, toiletries, and other supplies so that you can live comfortably. However, going to the store when you’re at-risk can be anxiety inducing. But by taking certain precautions, you can reduce your exposure to the virus.
If you are in need of groceries or a take-out meal, look for a contactless delivery app to help. For an extra fee, your goods can be brought directly to your door. If you must go to the store, try to get enough of the items you need to last at least a week. You want to stay home as much as you can.
When choosing a pharmacy, pick one that can deliver your prescriptions or offer a contactless delivery option. If you cannot have your prescriptions delivered, use the drive-thru instead of going inside the building.
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause a lot of additional stress, especially if you’re a high-risk patient. By follow the advice of your doctor and taking precautionary measures, you can protect yourself and others from becoming sick.
About the Author
Dr. Jack B. Share provides a wide array of services at his practice in Boston, MA. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Since then he has gained over 40 years of experience and became one of the most reputable dentists in the area. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (617) 742-1350.
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