After the COVID-19 breakout, we all have reached the general understanding that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by adopting hygienic routines and taking proper safety measures.
But when we talk about proper safety measures, there are multiple views we come across.
Among all the uncertainties, there are some important steps you should take for sure to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect yourself and those who are most at risk.
The most important thing to do it to put your share in slowing the spread, which can be done by practicing good hygiene and physical distancing and follow the rules for public gatherings, quarantine, and isolation.
Apart from the basic SOPs of handwashing and using sanitizers, use of face masks is a must these days; N95 masks outdoors and 3-ply face masks indoors in case you suspect yourself of showing symptoms of COVID-19 or you fear the inability to keep physical distancing from the people around you.
Selecting and wearing the right surgical mask is very crucial as the 2-ply face mask is a sanitization face mask that is cheap and made from polypropylene or another non-woven kind of material for the second layer.
However, it does not have a filter layer; thus, these hygiene masks are useless against haze, viruses, and bacteria. They are commonly used in spas and restaurants.
A 3-ply face mask is the proper surgical or medical that is made of three layers with the outer hydrophobic layer that can repel water, blood and body fluids.
The most important inner filter layer screens out bacteria and also filters out the water droplets and lastly, an inner hydrophilic layer which can absorb water, sweat and spit. Also, you must make sure the masks are disposed of properly without their over-usage.
In your stay-at-home phase, you can always seek medical advice in case you face any kind of illness. Doctors can provide you with a paper prescription or send a digital copy of the prescription to your preferred pharmacy following a telehealth consultation.
Telemedicine helps in many ways; reducing prescribing and dispensing errors, supporting electronic medication charts in hospitals and residential aged care facilities, removing the need for handling and storing a physical paper prescription
Accessing Health Services
For maximum facilitation, there are different options for accessing health services, including telehealth, to help protect patients and stop the spread of Covid-19.
You must not ignore your regular health care appointments, including home care, and medical or pathology appointments for chronic conditions.
This also helps in supporting digital health services to ensure continuity of patient care and protects you and healthcare providers from exposure to infectious diseases
Home Medicines Service
Many pharmacies are now bridging the gap between health care needs and patients. With the help of technology, they provide you the medicines at your doorstep.
However, there are many technical bindings involved in this process to avoid any kind of life-risking factor by providing the wrong medicine.
In this circumstance, all you need to do is to show them a valid prescription of the required medicine or the direct reference of the doctor treating you.
House Call Doctor
In case of emergencies where seeing a doctor is inevitable, you can also call a doctor to your home and have a face to face checkup. Contact the hospitals that offer this service.
Although it denies the traditional health care service and carries some limitations.
But, when you need primary care from a doctor, house call doctors, or health care at home services prove to be the only available options for you.