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Over the past week, I've had a couple minor medical issues pop up that have mostly resolved on their own. I had an infected hangnail (gross, I know), that I was able to heal using warm compresses and antibiotic ointment. I've also had a few dizzy spells that I mostly attribute to the overwhelming anxiety I'm feeling about the fact that we're in the midst of a global pandemic. As I confronted both issues, a terrifying though in the back of my mind played on loop: What if I have to see a doctor?
I'm not a fan of going to the doctor in general, but the prospect is especially daunting now. Our medical system is increasingly overwhelmed as doctors and nurses attempt to save the lives of COVID-19 victims, and setting foot in any kind of medical setting will increase my risks of contracting the virus.
I know I'm not the only one who feels nervous that I'll simply have to live with any medical issues that pop up until this period of social distancing is over and we've successfully flattened the curve—which is why I rounded up some excellent resources that you should consider taking advantage of.
For a UTI
Although UTIs and yeast infections have a habit of popping up at the most inconvenient times, prevention is key right now, which is why it's a good idea to stock up on preventative supplements like the ones Lauren Bosworth's company Love Wellness offers.
"Maintain your self-care routine to the best of your ability," Bosworth suggests to Byrdie. "That means drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and adopting a meditation or breathing practice to help manage stress. Remember to take a probiotic everyday and get enough fiber as well, as both help the gut which is the home of the immune system. It's also important to maintain your personal care routine. The better you can prevent things like yeast infections and UTIs, the less you'll have to make unnecessary trips to the pharmacy or to your doctor during social distancing."
Tia, a New York-based next generation women's healthcare platform, has made the responsible decision to temporarily close their offices—but that doesn't mean they've fallen off the face of the earth. While they joked to Byrdie that you "can't get a pap smear over the phone," they're available seven days a week for chat with the care team from 8 AM to 8 PM (weekdays) and 9 AM to 5 PM (weekends), they're open for video visits, and can likely give you a prescription via one of these channels should you need it.
They also have an entire microsite dedicated exclusively to Coronavirus. Check it out here.
The world may have come to a standstill, but your period marches on. Save yourself a trip to the store by subscribing to a tampon and pad delivery service like Lola. As a bonus, their products are organic.
With social distancing in place, in-person therapy isn't the most realistic activity. Which is a bummer, because many of us need it more than ever. That's why the online therapy platform Talkspace can serve as an immense resource for you during this time, even if you're not a member.
Talkspace is currently offering a free therapist-led Facebook support group for non-users where individuals can seek guidance, tips, and resources directly from a licensed therapist, along with a COVID-19 channel on their Instagram account, where individuals will be able to ask questions related to coronavirus and relevant topics. And for new subscribers in need of full-time therapy in light of recent events, Talkspace is offering special pricing.
For Doctor Consultations
The popular telemedicine app K Health is currently offering free Coronavirus-related resources, including one-on-one remote conversations with board-certified doctors, a nationwide map that shows all COVID-19 testing centers, and symptom triage to help people understand if they're at risk and what to do.
If you're a member of Parsley Health, all visits went virtual last week and doctors are able to prescribe medication over the phone. "We are only scheduling in person visits when absolutely necessary. Via our online portal, we’re able to virtually screen our members for symptoms of COVID-19 and direct them to testing or in-person care as appropriate," Dr. Robin Berzin, CEO & Founder of Parsley Health, explains. "If their symptoms are mild, we’re also able to support them while they self-isolate and recover at home, which further protects their health and the stability of our health system."
New York City dwellers, take note: If you need prescription medication but don't want to go to a pharmacy, that's where Capsule comes in. Capsule — which is staying open through COVID-19 — offers prescription medication delivered free of charge anywhere in New York City, with no change to your copay.