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Don't put your health on hold during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have had to change their daily routines and postpone travel plans. But you should think twice before putting your health on hold.

5 kinds of care you still need during a pandemic

Emergency care

If you have symptoms of a stroke, heart attack or other emergency, get help right away.


These keep kids and adults safe from a number of dangerous diseases.

Chronic condition care

High blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions need regular care to keep you well.

Cancer screenings

Cancer doesn't wait. It's best to catch it early, when it's easiest to treat.

Well-child visits

Kids need these visits to make sure they're healthy as they grow.

Sources: AARP; American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Worried about the coronavirus? Keep in mind: Healthcare providers are taking steps to ensure everyone's safety during in-person visits. So there's no reason to put off essential services like these.

Reviewed 3/3/2022

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