Gary LeRoy, associate professor of family medicine and associate dean of student affairs and admissions with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, discussed routine doctor visits during the coronavirus pandemic with US News & World Report.
“What we have been doing in my practice is calling individuals who do not need urgent care and seeing if they would be willing to forego their appointment this month and possibly next month,” LeRoy says. “We are also seeing if certain needs they have, we can address over the telephone.”
This serves two purposes, LeRoy says. One is social distancing. “It brings less people into the office, especially those coming in with cardiovascular disease or lung or immune disorders,” who are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, he says. It also keeps those who may be unknowingly carrying the virus from exposing others. “That is helping our staff feel more secure, too,” he says.