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The Benefits of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As New Yorkers take their first tentative steps toward business as usual, ongoing surges of COVID-19 remind us that the threat is far from over. If you’ve spent the last many months sheltering at home and dealing with your ongoing health concerns as best you can, now’s the time to seek our help through telehealth services.

At Forest Urgent Care, the overriding goal of our team is to ensure that the communities of Forest Hills and Long Island City receive timely and comprehensive health care. When a pandemic such as the one we’re experiencing now strikes, this goal becomes all the more important, which is why we offer COVID-19 testing, as well as telehealth.

Here’s a look at the many benefits of our telehealth and testing services.

Care when you need it

If, like many, you’ve done your best to keep on top of your health while you’ve been sheltering at home, you know that there’s only so far you can go before you need qualified medical attention. 

Through our telehealth services, we’re able to provide you with expert medical help virtually, which means you don’t need to take any unnecessary risks by leaving your home. Our telehealth services are fully HIPAA compliant to protect your privacy, and there’s much we can accomplish using video technology.

Many insurance policies cover telehealth care, and as of early March 2020, Medicare is covering the service as well. We’re not sure if this coverage will last, but as of writing this blog post, it’s still in effect.

The bottom line is that if you’re struggling with a health issue or you need ongoing management of a chronic issue, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, we can provide much of the necessary care virtually.

Getting tested for COVID-19

If you’re among the many who are venturing out into the world and heading back to work, many employers are asking that you be tested beforehand. Our team at Forest Urgent Care is providing full testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including antibody testing.

To help you better understand your options, there are two ways we test for COVID-19. In the first, we take a swab of your nose to screen for the presence of the virus. A positive result means that the virus is active in your body.

The second test is an antibody test that we use to determine whether you’ve already been exposed to the virus and developed antibodies. To do this, we draw a small sample of your blood.

Whether your job requires testing before coming back or you’re worried you may have been infected, our team is ready with the tests you need. 

You can start with a telehealth visit to figure out which type of testing is best for your unique circumstances, and then we can set up a time to conduct the screenings.

If you have more questions about COVID-19 testing or our telehealth services, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our two offices in Forest Hills or Hunters Point in Long Island City, New York. You can also click the “appointment” button to get started on scheduling your appointment.

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