Should I cancel my routine doctor’s appointments or screenings to avoid exposure to medical facilities?

Question: 
Should I cancel my routine doctor’s appointments or screenings to avoid exposure to medical facilities?
Date Added: 
03/24/2020 - 12:00pm
Category: 
COVID-19
Answer: 

There is no one answer to this question as it depends on your unique circumstances, but here are a few things to consider:

  1. First and foremost, if you are concerned talk to your doctor and explain your concerns. Ask if they feel comfortable with you delaying your appointments. Many healthcare facilities are now prioritizing urgent and emergency visits.
  2. Assess the current situation in your state and local community. If you are in an area where there has been documented community spread and you are concerned, ask your doctor about the possibility of virtual visits. Many practices have added telehealth options to their services for select issues and they may consider offering to consult with you via their telehealth platform, often an app or a website that can be used on a smartphone, tablet or camera-enabled computer.