Family Medicine and COVID19: What You Should Know

Although COVID-19 is a novel new coronavirus, we’re continuing to learn more and more about it every day. One thing we know is that individuals with underlying health conditions are more at risk for developing complications from COVID-19. But that’s where family medicine comes in.

At Family First Wellness, Samantha Lindsay, MD, is proud to work on the frontlines to help keep you and your family healthy. As a family medicine practice, we can help you manage conditions like COPD, diabetes, and other issues linked to COVID-19.

In this blog, we explore the ways that family medicine care can help you during this challenging time.

The importance of managing underlying health conditions

Certain groups of people need to take extra precautions when it comes to coronavirus. This includes people with:

People who are overweight or immunocompromised should also take extra precautions per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Extra precautions include more frequent hand-washing, social distancing, and avoiding crowded places or those who are sick.

It’s also a good idea to make sure your underlying conditions are well-managed. As a family medicine practice, Family First Wellness can help you manage several of these high-risk conditions including diabetes and COPD.

Annual exams and COVID-19

We still offer annual exams, and if you’re overdue for an exam, there are many benefits to getting preventive care. An annual exam can:

During your annual exam, Dr. Lindsay can also suggest lifestyle changes (if needed) to help you improve your health and reduce your risk of complications of COVID-19 if you were to get sick. 

For example, being overweight is a risk factor for complications, but Dr. Lindsay can help you get on track with lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.

For our safety and yours

Regardless of the reason for your visit to our office, we are up to date on the latest protocols and guidelines for reducing the transmission of coronavirus. We prioritize your health and the health of our entire team. 

In addition to educating our staff on new policies, we practice social distancing, wear the appropriate personal protective equipment, and regularly sanitize.

What to do if you’re feeling unwell

Not feeling quite right? The CDC recommends that if you suspect you have COVID-19 or you’ve been exposed to coronavirus you should call your health care provider before walking in to any doctor’s office. 

This way, you reduce the chances of spreading the disease to others in the waiting room and to the staff.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Most infected people have mild cases and recover easily at home. But even if you have a mild case, we still want to know. Call us and let us know if you’re ill.

We’re here to serve you during this time

At Family First Wellness, we care about you and your overall health. Whether you have coronavirus-specific questions or you’re simply keeping up with your annual exams, Dr. Lindsay and our staff are honored to be here for you.

To request an appointment, call our Lutz, Florida, office or book online.

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