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How Your Family Can Stay Safe For the Holidays

COVID-19 has posed unique challenges for families who want to come together for the holidays. Many wish to follow distancing guidelines to stay healthy and safe. 

Travel advisories are currently in place, as well as quarantine guidelines if families do choose to travel. Some people are choosing not to see family or friends outside of their immediate home this season. 

How can you still celebrate with friends and family if you cannot travel or visit with those outside of the home? We offer a few suggestions that may keep you healthy and provide a joyous holiday season. 

What are Some Holiday Safety Suggestions for 2020? 

Not only has the CDC offered suggestions for decreasing COVID-19 surges, but health professionals have additional safety tips for the holidays and winter. Winter is often a time of risk for health and safety due to inclement weather, influenza, and more time indoors, potentially spreading illness. 

Here are some suggestions from health professionals to keep your family healthy safe during this time and beyond: 

Limit Social Gatherings and Replace With Virtual Gatherings

Right now, it is important to limit social gatherings as much as possible. It is recommended to restrict gatherings outside of the home. Suppose families do choose to come together. It is best to keep it small and for a short time. A great alternative is virtual gatherings. 

Remember, virtual gatherings keep those who are at high risk safe. You can still see, hear, and enjoy time with the family while keeping everyone healthy. Many have found they can play games, sing songs, even watch movies during virtual gatherings. You can still have fun while being creative! 

Limit Traveling and Use Precautions

If you do travel, either by air or car, wear a mask. Remember to wash hands and practice social distancing from others. Please do not travel if you are sick or at high risk, and always seek COVID-19 testing if you show symptoms of the virus. We offer COVID-19 testing at our following sites:

Health professionals also are recommending vaccinating against influenza before travel or the holidays. Remember, it can take up to 2 weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop. 

Also, be careful regarding inclement weather. Take precautions regarding snow and ice, not only when driving, but when walking in winter weather if you travel to a colder climate. Be aware that falls can cause multiple injuries, including: 

  • Fractures
  • Springs
  • Lacerations
  • Head Injuries

Seek help at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches  if you have a fall and need treatment. 

What are Some Activities That Reduce Risk of Illness? 

There are a few additional suggestions for activities that may help keep you safe while having fun: 

  • Do your holiday shopping online instead of at stores
  • Drive or walk to see holiday decorations
  • Have a virtual caroling session with family
  • Watch a Holiday Movie virtually with friends

Understand your holidays may look different this year, but it is all to keep everyone safe. If everyone does their part, we can continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

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If You Need Medical Attention Consider Telemedicine Urgent Care in Florida

You may need medical attention this season, and one option is Telemedicine for Urgent Care. Colds, cases of flu, rashes, women's health issues, men's health, and prescription refills may be addressed via telemedicine. Telemedicine can keep you safe this season by allowing you to stay home. 

If you do need to be seen by a health professional for illness or injury at the clinic, we offer urgent care services at our following locations: 

Our priority is always to keep our patients safe. We are committed to reducing the risk of COVID-19 at our facilities and in the community. We will address your concerns while taking all precautions to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

Telemedicine has been around long before the novel coronavirus outbreak. However, this system is proving to be more beneficial in the time of COVID-19 as measures such as social distancing and staying at home are now crucial to stop the spread of the virus.

If you have a health concern, our Telemedicine Urgent Care South Florida makes it possible to consult your doctor without leaving the safety of your home. 

As the numbers of COVID-19 cases rise globally, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) encourages doctors and patients to use telemedicine during non-emergency consultations. Though technology has its limitations for treatment, telemedicine is helping hospitals limit patient flow, especially since they are already overwhelmed by the number of patients who need emergency medical care.

Telemedicine Urgent Care in South Florida

Telemedicine helps you get in touch with your doctors at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches and vice versa without having to visit our clinic physically. Our facility has set up virtual channels where doctors and patients may communicate with each other.

Through teleconsulting with our online doctor in South Florida, we can help you get the medical care you need without risking contracting the virus by going outside. This is important,  especially if you have a compromised immune system or a pre-existing medical condition.

Patients may schedule teleconsultations with their doctors and observe physical distancing. Our doctors may also closely follow up and monitor their patients' health or progress once they are connected to our telemedicine platform. 

Telemedicine is helpful in the set up of triage for patients who may exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. Doctors may then easily divide patients who are at-risk or not at-risk and then take the appropriate measures in the virtual setting. 

Therefore, this system brings not just assurance and comfort for patients as they receive medical care, but also helps healthcare workers do their job effectively while not putting their lives at risk from becoming part of the coronavirus statistics themselves. 

Making Best Use of Telemedicine 

If you are going to contact our physician via telemedicine, we recommend that you list down your symptoms, history, and other questions you might have for the doctor. This can save you some time and prevent you from forgetting crucial information. If you're calling to get help for COVID-19 symptoms, be sure to keep the details relevant to avoid delay in treatment.

It bears repeating, however, that there are limits to the services provided by our telemedicine option, and it may not completely replace in-person visits when a physical examination is needed.

At UCPB, the following conditions may be treated by telemedicine:

  1. Cold and flu: fever, cough, sinus infection, asthma exacerbation, prescription refill
  2. Skin conditions: rashes, skin infections, allergies, sunburns, cold sores, puncture wounds
  3. Women’s health: UTI, birth control pill, STD, STI
  4. Men’s health: erectile dysfunction, UTI, STD/STIs, prostatitis

When the coronavirus crisis is no longer a threat, visiting the clinic in person may still be the best way to assess and treat patients. For now, however, when halting the spread of the virus is crucial, telemedicine is the best option.

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Consult our online doctor in South Florida for your health needs

For your health concerns in the time of COVID-19, you may consult our physicians at Urgent Care of the Palm Beach Gardens through our telemedicine services. Likewise, if you have any questions about COVID-19, feel free to contact our clinic. We are more than willing to answer any questions you might have about the disease.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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11951 US Highway 1 Suite 108,
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
(561) 429-6109

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5818 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 429-4779

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3537 Forest Hill Boulevard,
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 328-8433
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