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Family Medicine and COVID-19: What You Should Know

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that attacks your respiratory system. It can cause mild symptoms in some people, no symptoms in others, and can make people with underlying health conditions seriously ill.

While COVID-19 continues to spread, it’s important to know the status of your health and if you’re at risk. Family medicine can help determine both.

At Open Water Medical, family medicine is our specialty. Our providers are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating a range of health conditions. Here’s what you should know about COVID-19 and how a family practitioner can help keep you safe.

Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to symptoms of the flu. This can often lead patients to believe that their symptoms may not be from COVID-19. If you think you were exposed to the virus, here are the symptoms to watch for:

The symptoms usually develop anywhere between 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and can range from mild to severe. In some cases, COVID-19 doesn’t cause any symptoms. In others, it can also cause severe symptoms that require immediate medical care.

How family medicine can help keep you healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak

Family medicine covers all aspects of health: preventative care, diagnosing and treating illnesses, wellness checks, and ongoing care. It is also available to all ages and genders. All of these factors can help keep you and your family healthy during the outbreak.

Patient-focused care

Family medicine focuses on providing unique care based on your concerns, health status, and symptoms. 

Patients with underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of getting COVID-19. Our family providers not only provide ongoing care for these patients, but also teach ways to stay healthy, minimize the risks of getting the virus, and what to do during a medical emergency.

Wellness visits

Wellness visits at Open Water Medical are a great way for our patients young, old, sick, or healthy to develop an effective care plan to stay healthy and limit the risk of COVID-19.

Our team reviews your medical history, checks your vitals, and discusses your lifestyle and diet. Knowing the condition of your health can help keep you safe and determine your risk of COVID-19.

Remote patient monitoring

COVID-19 makes many people scared and anxious about their health, especially if they already have health problems. If you have a pre-existing condition, you may have concerns about frequently visiting a clinic because you don’t want to be exposed.

Open Water Medical can help solve this problem, as we offer remote patient monitoring. We provide you with equipment that monitors your weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose, instantly sending us your readings in real-time.

You can continue monitoring and treating your condition without exposing yourself and your family to the virus.

What to do if you feel sick

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should seek medical care right away, even if your symptoms are mild. Our providers at Open Water Medical can evaluate your symptoms to determine the cause. If you do have COVID-19, we can provide you with the proper steps to stay healthy on your path to recovery.

To learn more about Open Water Medical’s family medicine services and advice on COVID-19, call or book an appointment online at one of our three offices in North Carolina.

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