According to the Lansing State Journal, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the CDC estimates that more than 40% of U.S. adults have avoided medical care during the pandemic because of concerns about COVID-19.

People should do what's best for them when it comes to going to the doctor's office. I've been to the doctor's office twice since the pandemic started and I can say that I felt a little nervous about going.

But I do know that many doctors offices are following protocols like most businesses these days. My doctor's office even has limited seating in the waiting room and all seats are at least six feet apart.

On the other hand, some don't want to chance it and would prefer virtual health care. "While a virtual visit can't replace the effectiveness of an in person visit, it's an alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic to still receive health care." (LSJ)

McLaren of Greater Lansing has several tips to keep in mind to make sure you get the most from your telehealth visit.

1. Track your vital signs at home. Vital signs include your weight, blood pressure, heart rate and any other vital information. If you are going virtual, this becomes your responsibility now.

2. Write a list of questions you may have for your physician. Always a good idea. Trying to remember things to ask your doctor sometimes is impossible. Write your questions down and even write down your doctor's response. Very helpful!

3. Test your technology. Just make sure all of your gadgets are charged or plugged in and ready to go.

Not saying I'm going virtual anytime soon, but it's nice to have a few ideas written down just in case that's the direction to go in. (LSJ)

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