BATON ROUGE – The coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has been the main healthcare topic on everyone’s minds for the past two months. But, it’s important to stay on top of your usual healthcare needs, especially if you’re 60 or older or you have a long-term condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.
“We still have the same health and wellness issues we had before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s important to stay in touch with your doctors to be aware of any changes in your health status,” said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Medical Director Dr. Jeremy Wigginton.
Everyone should have a primary care provider they see at least once a year for a checkup, and older adults or people with ongoing health needs should have more frequent visits to make sure their numbers for key health indicators, like blood pressure or blood sugar, are within a healthy range, Wigginton said.
“Reach out to your primary care provider and any specialists, like cardiologists or endocrinologists, you see regularly to schedule an appointment,” Wigginton said. “If they offer telehealth services, that is a good option to keep in touch. If you need to be seen in person, your doctor can work with you to safely schedule an office visit.”
Here are some tips for keeping up with your ongoing healthcare needs:
And, if you have an emergency health issue like symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, severe abdominal pain, have been in an accident or think you may have broken a bone, seek medical attention immediately.
“There have been reports of people delaying care because they are afraid of going to hospitals or emergency rooms and being exposed to COVID-19. But, putting off care in an emergency can lead to very serious outcomes or even death,” Wigginton said. “Get care when you need it. Clinical staff are trained to help you get treated while limiting your exposure to COVID-19 or any other contagious illnesses. And, many hospitals and emergency rooms keep their COVID-19 patients separate from other patients.”
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For information on what Blue Cross is doing for members during COVID-19, visit www.bcbsla.com/covid19. You can learn more about telehealth options to keep up with your healthcare providers at www.bcbsla.com/telehealth.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to our mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, we are a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer with offices in every major region to serve our customers. We were recognized in 2019 as an honoree of The Civic 50, named by Points of Light as one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States.