June 01, 2020

COVID-19: Take action

Answers from Experts across Mayo Clinic

I don't have COVID-19. Should I keep my regular appointments with my doctor?

You should reschedule your elective appointments, such as a visit to the eye doctor or dermatologist — many medical centers, including Mayo Clinic, postponed most or all elective care. However, if you have appointments for serious medical conditions, such as cancer, poorly controlled diabetes or high blood pressure, or functionally limiting heart disease, contact your doctor and discuss the need for the visit. Medicare recently announced that it will expand coverage for telephone based medical care, and this may be a new option for many needs.

If you have to visit a doctor, it's even more important to minimize touching things such as a door handle or elevator button, keep a 6-foot distance from others, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Keep in mind that health needs don't go on emergency lockdown. It's possible to develop diabetes, have a heart attack or stroke, have concerning levels of emotional distress, or see a worsening of an existing disease — even in the midst of a pandemic. If you feel like something is wrong with your health, don't hesitate to call your health care provider.

Should I help take care of my grandkids?

Probably not, if you have the choice. Older adults, especially those with underlying medical conditions, have a higher risk of serious complications and death from COVID-19.

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