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Safety First: 4 Common Questions from People Who Are At-Risk for COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drvalentine @ 3:17 am
At-risk patient being treated at Beverly Hills dental office

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many people being as cautious as possible, especially if they are considered to be at a higher risk of catching the disease than others. People who are at-risk for developing severe symptoms from the virus need to make sure that they are social distancing and practicing excellent hand hygiene as much as possible. Because there isn’t yet a cure for the coronavirus, many at-risk people have questions about what they should be doing to stay safe. Fortunately, your Beverly Hills dental office has answered 4  of the most common of these questions.

1.) What Qualifies Someone as “At-Risk”?

The current research indicates that people above the age of 65 are at the highest risk of developing serious symptoms from the virus. People with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, asthma, lung conditions, diabetes, and weakened immune systems are also considered to be at very high risk.

2.) Is It Safe to Go to the Grocery Store?

If you are at risk, it’s important to limit your public exposure as much as possible. Fortunately, many grocery stores are offering both delivery and curbside pickup during the pandemic. This allows you to stay stocked up on food without having to risk becoming exposed to someone with the virus.

3.) What Should I Do If I Don’t Live Alone?

When living with other people, it’s important to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to keeping each other healthy. Each person should make it a point to practice social distancing in the household and to wash their hands frequently. Each person should do their part to make sure that the living space is cleaned thoroughly and often.

4.) What If I Think I May Have a Medical Issue?

Having a medical issue during the pandemic can be a scary thing, especially if you are trying to limit your social interactions. Fortunately, many healthcare providers, from GPs to dentists, are offering telemedicine appointments in which they can diagnose your issue and prescribe you medicine directly over the phone or computer. While some conditions will require you to still make a trip to the office, telemedicine can keep you from having to go in unless it’s necessary.

If you are at risk, it’s important to take every precaution to keep yourself safe and healthy. Make sure to isolate as much as possible and to wash your hands often and thoroughly. By practicing caution, you’ll come out of the pandemic happy and healthy.

About the Author

Dr. Julie Valentine wants all of her patients to lead fulfilling lives and to have excellent oral health. Since graduating from dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, she has spent years continuing her education and staying abreast of the latest in dentistry. She works collaboratively with her patients and her gentle approach results in excellent, pain-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more ways to stay safe during the pandemic, she and her team would love to help. Give the office a call at (310) 683-5439 or reach out through their website.

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