One of the takeaways from今年的Geekwire峰会is that the health care industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with grit, compassion, and innovation. Day after day in October, experts used the event’s Regence Health Tech Stage to talk about the skyrocketing use of telehealth, the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, and how researchers are using data to fight the disease.
We may be tired of hearing about it, but COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon. Washington state leaders recently颁布了新的社会限制to combat a record number of COVID cases across the state, even worse than the first surge of cases last spring.
The way we change the trajectory of COVID in our community is through our behavior. Consider the most vulnerable among us, and wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing with people outside your immediate household. Make sacrifices in how you celebrate the holidays this year, so we can enter 2021 flattening the curve of the virus.
许多人正在跳过或延迟所需的医疗保健，因为他们害怕承包Covid-19。急诊室访问，癌症治疗，常规护理慢性条件，甚至缩短了911个电话。全国数百万儿童have missed routine vaccinations今年。
Skipping care now can have negative impacts to your health both in the short and long term. If you or your loved ones have avoided going to the doctor, please reconsider and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.
Unlike a COVID-19 vaccine, a flu vaccine is available now. Get your flu shot (which is free to members in many health plans) at most in-network doctors’ offices, pharmacies and supermarkets.
Social distancing doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be social. Stay connected to your family and friends and open up to them about your concerns and your mental health. Call friends or neighbors to see how they’re doing.
Find other activities that give you meaning and provide structure during an uncertain time. Bake a cake with your kids, build up your cycling or running speed, or pick up a new hobby altogether.
Take it one day at a time, and give yourself and others grace as we all adjust to new circumstances.
Learn more about Regence’s mental health and well-being tips from our experts on ourself-care resource page.