5 Things You'll Never See at Your Doctor's Office After Coronavirus
Going to a medical office for your annual physical won't look the same after COVID-19.
While most of us are avoiding visits to the doctor or hospital right now unless it's absolutely necessary, there will come a time when the country will open back up again, and you'll have to visit a doctor's office in person. Whether it's for your annual physical or treatment for a chronic illness, some medical visits are just better executed face-to-face. But what exactly will a trip to your primary care physician look like in a post-coronavirus world? Well, likely a whole lot different than what you were used to before the pandemic changed things so dramatically. Read on for the once-familiar sights you'll no longer see when you visit a doctor's office after the coronavirus pandemic is over. And for more changes you're likely to see at public gathering places, here are 5 Things You'll Never See at Movie Theaters Again After Coronavirus.
No more sign-in sheets
Remember the days when the first thing you did when you walked into your doctor's office was sign your name and time of arrival on a piece of paper attached to a clipboard—using a communal pen? Yeah, those days are likely a thing of the past. It seems almost barbaric in our new reality to ask countless people, many of them already sick to begin with, to share the same pen day in and day out. And knowing how long the coronavirus can live on different surfaces, digital touchscreen sign-in stations don't seem any more likely to survive. Nope, we're guessing the check-in process is all going to be done from your personal device. And for a glimpse at what commuting will look like once the lockdown is lifted, find out which 8 Things You May Never See on Public Transit Again After Coronavirus.
No more magazines
Seeing an array of periodicals fanned out on a table or displayed on a rack in the waiting room of your doctor's office was as familiar a sight as the doctors and nurses themselves. But now that we know COVID-19 can live on cardboard and paper for up to 24 hours, it's safe to say that you're going to have to find another way to peruse an outdated issue of National Geographic or People.
No more water coolers
Just like magazines and communal pens, water cooler stations are another shared surface that people are going to want to avoid when visiting the doctor's office. We know that coronavirus can spread from contaminated surfaces like door knobs and smartphone screens, so it makes sense that it could do so from a water cooler tap. And while there are ways to sanitize these common office amenities, we're guessing that your doctor won't give you the chance of risking it. Plan on bringing your own water from here on out. And for more places where water coolers will become a thing of the past, check out these 5 Things You'll Never See in Your Office Again After Coronavirus.
No more kids' toys in the waiting room
Let's be honest, the children's toys in the waiting room were already some of the most germ-infested things at the doctor's office. "Not only are they difficult to clean from common soil, but they also harbor thousands of germs," Lily Cameron, a domestic cleaning expert and supervisor at Fantastic Cleaners, previously told Best Life. "Therefore, parents should be encouraged to bring their own toys when visiting the pediatrician with children." Given that this recommendation took place before the pandemic, we can assume it rings even more true in today's world.
No more exposed faces
With the general consensus among medical experts being that people should expect to wear protective face masks for the foreseeable future—up to 18 months, according to some—it will be far from uncommon to see people covering there faces in public well after the country begins to emerge from quarantine. Where do you think it will continue to be a regular practice even long after that? The doctor's office is a pretty strong bet. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, receptionist, or patient, it seems almost impossible to imagine ever entering a medical facility again without donning a mask over your nose and mouth. And to make sure your face mask is keeping you protected, discover 7 Face Mask Care Mistakes You're Making.