How is COVID-19 affecting urgent cares and hospitals?
With COVID-19 infections rising, urgent cares and hospitals around the world are struggling to keep up to provide needed testing and care for patients.
Medical facilities are just one of the essential businesses that are staying open during this time, but it doesn’t mean that they are immune from the effects of the coronavirus.
In this article, we’ll discover how COVID-19 is affecting urgent cares and hospitals, what their response has been, and what the outlook will be.
How COVID-19 is Affecting Urgent Cares and Hospitals
COVID-19 has quickly become the largest public health crisis of the last 100 years, sometimes being compared to the deadly Spanish Flu from 1918.
The normal day to day activities of an urgent care and hospital cover all aspects of healthcare for including:
- Outpatient/inpatient surgeries
- General checkups
- Doctor appointments
- Non-emergency treatment
- Emergency rooms
Depending on the facility, many of these specialties can be done on the same premises.
However, with the growing infection rate, these facilities now have to contend with day to day cases and COVID-19.
This has begun to put a strain on the medical community.
How Urgent Cares and Hospitals are Responding
As with many businesses, both urgent cares and hospitals have issued advisory warnings for their patients and any family members or friends.
Several hospitals, like the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, have restricted visitations to only one primary care giver, while affiliates with multiple locations such as Dignity Health and American Family Care, have a unified message, regardless of city or state location.
In every case, these medical professionals are advocating social distancing to prevent spreading the virus.
The use of telehealth has also grown in response to patients who are concerned about catching or having the coronavirus.
One of these services is telemedicine.
Telemedicine allows healthcare professionals to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely using telecommunication technology.
This service has actually been around since the 1950s but had a resurgence with introduction of the Internet.
Several apps have popped up in recent years to help people speak to doctors or nurses when unavailable to do so in person.
The hope is that people will use these options to discuss any health concerns, helping to diagnose possible patients with coronavirus to visit an urgent care or hospital.
This also helps anyone who doesn’t have the virus feel at ease, but also be able to receive treatment without needing to go to the hospital.
The Outlook for Urgent Cares and Hospitals
The outlook for urgent cares and hospitals greatly depend on how long the COVID-19 outbreak lasts.
Some researchers see the outbreak lessening during the summer but making a comeback during the fall.
States that have been preparing their local and state hospitals for any upticks in patients are ensuring they have enough beds and equipment.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) used current health data to create a projection of each state, what their current hospital bed situation is, and how many beds they would need in the next two weeks.
In this article, we looked at how COVID-19 is affecting urgent cares and hospitals and what can be done in this particular situation.
The current news on COVID-19 is evolving and health officials are keeping a close watch to see what the outlook will eventually be.
The best defense to stop the spread of the virus is to continue using preventive methods, such as hand washing and practicing social distancing.
The situation isn’t entirely dire. Already many organizations have been conducting and converting materials to provide the extra facilities needed.
Shipping containers, for instance, have been used in many cases to provide medical care for those who might not have ready access to it.
At Southwest Mobile Storage, we’re doing our part to ensure the safety of both our customers and our staff.
We’ve updated our cleaning procedures for all of our mobile offices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We’re also continuing our business hours so that anyone, whether business, medical professional, or individual is able to have access to our shipping containers or mobile offices during this time.
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