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As they continue to deal with COVID-19, physicians are finding a disturbing trend. Fear of contracting the virus is keeping some people from getting medical care for chronic health problems that need attention, or preventive care that could catch an underlying issue before it becomes a problem.
While it’s important to stay home as much as possible and social distance from others, it’s also important to protect your health by returning to your doctor for routine check-ups and health screenings. If you have a chronic condition, regular check-ins with your doctor can help keep your condition in check.
Undiagnosed and untreated chronic conditions can make you vulnerable to COVID-19 and put you at increased risk for severe illness if you get the virus. Doctors are finding that many of the sickest coronavirus patients have undiagnosed chronic medical conditions.
What happens if you don’t manage, or take steps to prevent, chronic diseases during this pandemic? The following are some conditions that can’t be ignored:
We all need to be vigilant about our health. Ignoring a chronic condition or delaying routine preventive care now can end up harming your health later. Also, when you postpone care, urgencies can become emergencies.
Waiting to get emergency care could be life threatening. Call 911 if the situation is life-threatening. Otherwise, head to the ER. Learn more about our emergency care.
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