By Stefan Stevenson
Originally published in the Star-Telegram on April 7, 2020
Everyday medical issues haven’t stopped since the coronavirus began sweeping through our country.
Important medical needs for millions of chronic and non-chronic patients require the care of a doctor despite the prevalence of stay-at-home orders and social-distancing guidelines. The restrictions have made many patients in need hesitant to seek the necessary treatment.
Doctors at the Tarrant County Medical Society recommend calling your doctor. In many cases, treatment can be determined over the phone or through a video chat.
“By now, most physicians offer a Telehealth option for patients,” Omar Selod, a local doctor of osteopathic medicine, said in a news release. “Physicians can reach out to patients and conduct new evaluations or follow up visits by connecting through a smart phone, iPad, laptop, or desktop.”
Those with severe pain, of course, should either visit the emergency room or visit their doctor in person, TCMS says.
“We can hopefully address and resolve a problem and prevent patients from going to the emergency rooms, subsequently helping relieve stress on our local hospitals,” Selod said.
Most health care providers and doctor’s offices are equipped to handle video appointments. Even new patients seeking a new doctor are able to make their initial visit via video appointment.