Lockdown restrictions have been easing up and slowly and gradually, and a lot of daily activities are beginning to resume - such as the markets, shops, necessary travel and even hospitals while keeping protective measures like social distancing and safety in mind.
Hospitals are the hotbed for infection, since they are still busy treating COVID-19 infection cases. According to recent news, a lot of non-critical and scheduled surgeries and operations have been delayed or put on hold in the past few weeks because of the risk of a virus spread. This puts even more lives in jeopardy. Many people, especially those suffering from chronic illnesses and requiring timely treatment have been forced to scout for help, despite the fact that telemedicine was introduced by the government.
In the past few weeks, a lot of medical facilities and hospitals have begun to welcome in other surgical and non-COVID patients as well. Doctors, too, have been allowed to reopen their clinics.
While regular operations continue to slowly find its way back to normalcy, it is natural to be worried about the risk of going to a hospital. Cases of infection related to COVID-19 are on the rise and travelling anywhere is unsafe.
Precautions to take while visiting a hospital
In case you are planning to go, keep these precautions handy:
- There are some hospitals that exclusively deal with coronavirus cases. Make sure you confirm whether a hospital is a COVID-19 or a non-COVID-19 hospital and then proceed accordingly.
- Before you visit a hospital or any medical facility, do an online consultation or talk on the phone first to confirm your appointment and avoid any sort of delays or lags.
- Make sure you maintain good hygiene, and pay attention to protocols and follow social distancing measures - this is key to visiting any place, not just hospitals.
- Even though hospitals follow very strict sanitation standards, it still can be quite easy for you to catch infections and other illness-causing germs.
- Wearing a mask is mandatory.
- Frequently wash your hands, disinfect and use a sanitizer whenever it’s possible.
- If possible, prefer to use tele-consulting. Don’t visit a hospital unless and until it is an absolute emergency.
- Pregnant women, elderlies and children should take utmost precautions as they belong to the high-risk category.
- At the same time, do not turn into your own medical help in fear of COVID. Let the doctor decide the best course of action for you.
- Do not delay essential treatment. Do not prolong medical help as it can make matters worse at times.
- Try not to touch shared utilities and surfaces. Avoid crowded areas.
- Keep all the necessary documents and reports with you in order to avoid wasting time.
- Alert the health officials of all necessary information -your travel history, infection risk or any other problem. Do not hide anything.
- As soon as you’re back home, sanitize yourself again. Take off your shoes, disinfect and clean any surfaces or things that might have been touched by you. If you used a cloth mask, throw it away without touching the outer surface.
Right now, as per hospital protocols, visitations are not allowed (except during a life threatening complication). Do not breach and put yourself and others at risk.