Junior Reporter: Telemedicine

May 9, 2020

With COVID-19 on everyone’s minds, Junior Reporter Josh C. thought he’d share some information on how people are getting treated for illnesses that are not life-threatening. Check out his article on telemedicine below!

Telemedicine

By Josh C.

Some of us are used to Facetiming our friends or family members. But have you ever imagined calling your doctor? Having your doctor treat you virtually is called telemedicine. Telemedicine is not a new concept, but recently it has gained popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of COVID-19, medical offices have been closed down to all visits that are non-essential. Medical offices have stopped seeing patients with non-urgent conditions because if they did, it could spread coronavirus to the doctors and the patients.

Junior Reporter Josh C. Photo Credit: Josh C.

So to get treatment for these non-essential conditions, you might be able to schedule an appointment with your doctor online. Companies have been able to have online appointments because of a relaxation of government restrictions on privacy. Now companies can use applications like Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime to see patients. While telemedicine has taken off because of the coronavirus, experts think that it’s here to stay. After all, you can show your doctor a cut without having to leave the comfort of your house. So the next time you get a bad headache, ask your parents if you can schedule a video chat with your doctor. You can tell your parents that it’s a good reason to have screen time!