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I thought the pandemic would be over by now so I’ve been waiting to seek medical attention. Is it too late?

Hi. I’m Joyce Wong, your Express Scripts Canada pharmacist.

Welcome to Ask the Pharmacist.

Here is today’s question:

I thought the pandemic would be over by now so I’ve been waiting to seek medical attention. Is it too late?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work, learn and get together with one another. Stay-at-home orders, re-prioritization of health care resources, and our general fear about being unnecessarily exposed to the virus, has led to a significant drop in people visiting healthcare professionals for regular checkups, follow-up or referral appointments.

Unfortunately, the impact of delaying visits to healthcare providers could have some serious consequences on your health.

Finding health problems early is vital. Often, the earlier a disease is detected and treated, the more likely it is that it can be prevented or successfully managed.

According to recent Express Scripts Canada data, there are potentially more than 100,000 Canadians living with undiagnosed chronic diseases. This is cause for concern.

It goes without saying that for symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, you should seek immediate medical attention.

However, with less acute symptoms that are usually such as high blood pressure, people often wait to get healthcare advice. But delayed diagnosis and treatment can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

If you are reluctant to visit your healthcare professional’s office, call or check their website to find out about safety precautions. Check for information about:

·      Mask requirements for staff and visitors,

·      Cleaning protocols for exam rooms, waiting areas, washrooms, and elevators

·      Social distancing practices,

·      Limits on the number of people who can be in the clinic at the same time, and

·      Of course, Whether or not there are virtual appointment options. 

As key members of your care team, pharmacists also play a role in your healthcare. And, if the thought of leaving your house to pick up a prescription causes you anxiety and you want to reduce your risk of COVID-19 exposure, you can consider taking advantage of a home delivery pharmacy service.

Home delivery pharmacy can provide a convenient and safe way to receive the medications you need to stay on track without skipping a beat.

For example, the Express Scripts Canada Pharmacy works with you and your busy lifestyle. Our staff will take the time to understand your unique needs and help you manage your medication. We can transfer your prescriptions from your current pharmacy and conveniently deliver them right to your door for free, Monday to Saturday.  

So remember, there are resources out there to help you stay well. Early diagnosis is key. If you are feeling unwell, talk to a healthcare professional and take advantage of the resources that are out there to help you stay safe.

Until next time, this has been Ask the Pharmacist.

I wish you good health. 




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