Doctors And Dentists Say It's Safe To Come Back For In-Person Preventive Care : Shots - Health News
Is It Safe Yet To Get Your Physical Or A Dental Checkup?
Many hospitals, clinics and dental offices in some places around the U.S. are beginning to open now for routine, preventative care that was postponed in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But still, patients wonder: Is it safe to go?
Michael LeVasseur, a visiting assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University in Philadelphia, says a lot of his friends and family members have been asking him that question, along with other queries about the pandemic. So many questions, that he put together two YouTube videos to try to address them at once.
LeVasseur's general advice is to contact your doctor — the best advice for you may still vary, depending on your situation and where you live. But he says he's confident that physicians who are accepting patients will be cleaning their offices regularly and taking other precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Neal Goldstein at Drexel University and Aimee Palumbo at Temple University, both epidemiologists, urge a number of specific precautions that concerned patients can ask medical and dental staff about when scheduling an appointment:
• Do the staff and patients wear masks at all times?
• Do the staff have enough masks and protective equipment?
• Will there be a limit on how many people can be in a waiting room?
• Are the staff being tested for COVID-19?
• How often are staff cleaning the waiting rooms and offices?
• If you don't drive, can you take public ...
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