Ways to safely seek care during COVID-19

Ways to safely seek care during COVID-19

non-US setting

Updated July 21, 2020
Seek care immediately for severe or sudden health events or emergencies. Do not delay any urgent care because of fear of COVID-19. Delayed care can result in worsening illness or death.
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Follow national and local guidance
  • Stay up to date on the
    • guidance for seeking care
    • types of services provided at a given location
    • availability and schedule of community health services
  • Ask your local government to find out if they will provide special services to
    help get care (e.g. special transportation to the clinic)
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washing hands with soap

Practice safe behaviors when you are outside your home
  • Stay 2 meters (about 2 arms’ length or 6 feet) from people
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Wear a non-medical mask or cloth face covering
  • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based
    hand rub for the following:
    • after going to the bathroom
    • before eating
    • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • after touching surfaces shared by many other people
    • when your hands are soiled
    • when you arrive or leave somewhere
    • when you get back home
a bottle and packet of pills

Make sure your medicine does not run out
  • Ask if you can extend and refill prescriptions to reduce visits to the clinic or pharmacy.
  • Find out if your community is served by community health workers and ask
    if they deliver medicines.
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