4 Tech-Savvy Tips to Prevent Kids from Getting Sick
From telemedicine to booking house calls, technology can help keep your family safe and healthy.
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While prices vary by practice, a house call from Opear MD will run just $150 in New York. (At the time of this article, the company has waived sign-up fees and age restrictions to help combat COVID-19).
Tip #3: Get the Flu Shot. Seriously!
Isn’t medicine the best technology of all?
Winter may officially be over, but flu season is still underway. New cases of flu, while dwindling, are still above the baseline for every region in the U.S. with high hospitalizations among children and young adults—and an uncharacteristically high pediatric death toll of 149 (across the U.S.) as of March 14, 2020.
If you think you missed the boat on getting your family’s flu shots, let’s bust a couple myths:
Myth: “It’s too late to get the flu vaccine.”
Fact: The flu season can easily last well into April and even May. Given that flu shots are often free with health insurance, “better late than never” really is the name of the game. Keep in mind that many pharmacies—essential businesses that are remaining open during the coronavirus quarantine—have clinics to help you access vaccinations quickly without a trip to the doctor.
Myth: “The flu vaccine is a bad match.”
Fact: Okay, that’s partly true. This season's vaccine is only a 58 percent match for influenza B (“B/Victoria”), which has hit children especially hard.
But a partial match is better protection than no vaccination at all, and an imperfect match can still offer partial immunity. So, even if your kids do end up with the flu despite receiving a shot, it could very well be a much milder case. Flu vaccines are reducing doctor visits associated with flu illness by 55 percent in children, according to Governor Cuomo’s office—and in times like these, avoiding the waiting room could be critical.
Tip #4 Utilize apps and delivery services so you can stay home.
Amazon and Instacart are some of the best-known food-delivery (and everything-delivery) services, but in 2020 there is an app or subscription service offering delivery for just about everything you need in your daily life—and especially now that you’re staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here are a few examples:
CVS and Cabinet deliver medical prescriptions.
Marketplaces such as ButcherBox, Sea2Table, Hungry Harvest, and Thrive Market offer subscriptions for protein, produce, and specialty health foods.
1800Contacts.com offers online eye exams and prescription renewals.
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Countless craft boxes, such as KiwiCo and Bluprint, will keep the kids entertained for hours. (The government may not consider entertainment an “essential,” but anyone with kids knows differently!)
The future is now, Moms and Dads! Despite the rise of COVID-19 cases and a long and difficult flu season, we can best stay calm by being informed and prepared. With well-washed hands and a few trusty technology tips, hopefully we can all breathe just a little bit easier this spring.