In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that non-emergency medical providers delay routine or elective visits from patients to preserve protective equipment such as masks and to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. While the recommendations are changing weekly, many Americans are still trying to avoid doctor’s offices out of an abundance of caution. While we respect the right to make this choice for ones own self, which got us thinking…how can we be mindful of our health while also avoiding unnecessary trips to our doctor’s office?
Here are three ways you can take care of your health without stepping into your doctor’s office.
Virtual Wellness Visits with Your Doctor
Virtual care or telehealth was a thing before this pandemic, but has become much more widely available and even recommended by doctors across the U.S. As a bonus, many health insurance companies are now waiving any fees or copays traditionally charged for these type of visits. During a telehealth appointment, you will speak with YOUR doctor through a protected video portal. You can use telehealth to connect with your doctor on a wide range of concerns and can even have your yearly wellness checkup through a telehealth visit. During that visit you and your doctor can determine if there are any concerns that would require you to come into the office for further care (like a Pap smear if you are due). Contact your doctor’s office for more information or to schedule a telehealth visit.
Lab Testing Centers
Lab testing centers have become popular in recent times. We believe this is due to both the ease of access as well as cost. This type of lab testing service is used for everything from food sensitivity tests to full health panels. Did you know that you can also use a lab testing center for STD testing? You will get your results within 1-2 days of visiting the lab testing center and if any tests are positive, you have the option to connect with a physician to discuss treatment options or to be referred to a specialist. Many testing services do not require insurance and test results are not reported to your insurance company. Learn more and save 15%
Now more than ever, it’s important to be mindful of what we are doing to prevent illness and disease. Yearly wellness visits and lab screenings play a big part, but what else can we do to prevent future health issues? The Wild Gut is built on three pillars: food, movement and mindfulness. Simply put… we need make eating nutritious foods, moving our bodies and practicing mindfulness a priority in our lives. Not just during a pandemic, but always.