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Why Patients Should Not Defer Care Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has many people scared and one response to the outbreak of the pandemic and the social distancing requirements involves patients deferring necessary medical care. This is a point of concern because this means that patients’ conditions would likely worsen while they choose to avoid going to the hospital from fear of exposure to COVID-19. Some patients have delayed care for reasons that stem from fear of exposure to the coronavirus to the burden of out-of-pocket costs when jobless. Deferred care is only likely to make a bad situation worse.

Patients Defer Necessary Medical Care Due to COVID-19

Many patients defer necessary medical care due to COVID-19. According to recent data from Cigna, patients have deferred treatments for seven different acute clinical conditions, including acute appendicitis, acute coronary syndromes, aortic aneurysm and dissection, atrial fibrillation epilepsy and seizure, gastrointestinal bleed and transient ischemic attack. All these conditions require immediate care, and a consistent reduction in hospitalization since COVID-19 is a disturbing sign that patients are opting not to seek medical care.

The fear of contracting the virus is a concern of many patients who need urgent care but would rather stay home than risk it. Others feel like the work that doctors are doing to fight COVID-19 is far more important than their health issue that is unrelated to coronavirus, and some patients have delayed care because they may have lost their jobs, and as a result, health insurance and income to cover out-of-pocket health-care costs. It is not only crucial that patients continue to seek medical care during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also important that they have access to critical clinical care.

Impact of Deferring Medical Care

A patient deferring medical care can have serious financial and health implications. It can lead to higher healthcare costs and unhealthier outcomes for many patients. A patient’s health may deteriorate when they defer care, making an already bad situation far worse. Missed care may very well impact survival rate, whereby a worsening health condition could mean death, consequently. Another reality of the impact of deferred medical care is that worsening health will likely result in higher healthcare costs. Bigger health problems usually require more money to fix. Many Americans are faced with unemployment, making medical care unaffordable for many patients.

Access Medical Care During COVID-19

Patients’ access to medical care is important during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that immediate medical care as well as continued care is received. Patients can access care by visiting an urgent care center that has COVID-sanitation policies, telemedicine, and COVID-19 testing. If you would like to seek medical care at a local urgent care center, do your research and ensure that the facility is equipped with the necessary tools to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure your safety.

Fears around exposure to COVID-19 has many patients deferring medical care. However, this move can have serious implications on a patient’s health and burden them with healthcare costs later on. Deferred medical care when your medical condition requires immediate care is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t let COVID prevent you from getting the medical care you need.

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What Should I Know About COVID-19 Test Types?

COVID-19 testing has developed as the pandemic has continued, with more accurate swab testing and antibody testing available to detect a past infection with the virus. Whether or not you have exhibited symptoms of the virus, getting tested may be on your mind as you prepare to return to your workplace and states begin to reopen. We understand that you may have questions about testing, the different available tests and when to get tested. Learn more about testing and who is qualified!

Antibody Testing

Antibody testing is a blood test that detects the presence of antibodies in your blood. Your blood sample is sent to a private lab and evaluated to look for signs of protein or antibodies in your immune system. A positive test indicates past infection or exposure with the virus, even if you have not experienced any symptoms. The full power of the antibodies is still unknown and continuing to be studied. Even if you have antibodies, it is still important to continue following local and state health and safety guidelines.

Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic swab testing is used to detect and diagnose an active case of COVID-19. A swab is taken of the lower nasal cavity and then brought to a lab for testing. The test takes only a few moments and is virtually painless. Results are available in two days.

What’s the Difference? 

The primary differences between diagnostic and antibody testing are how the sample is taken and what the test tests for. A diagnostic test will not show if you have antibodies from a previous exposure, while antibody testing will not identify a current case of COVID-19. Both tests require processing and analysis in a lab for accurate results.

How Long Does Testing Take? 

Both diagnostic and antibody testing results take about 2 business days to get back from the time the blood or nasal swab is taken. The process is quick, but until you get results back, you should still take all precautions recommended by the CDC and World Health Organization, as well as the state of Maryland. This includes wearing a protective mask or face covering, practicing social distancing and washing your hands regularly, especially after spending time in public areas.

COVID-19 Diagnostic Swab & Antibody Testing

If you are interested in learning more about or undergoing COVID-19 testing, visit Centennial Medical Group and First Call Urgent Care! We will be able to answer your questions and provide efficient testing, with results in only a couple of days. For more information, please call  410-730-3399.

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