Got a worrisome rash? You can still see a doctor if you can’t leave home during the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. public health officials, hospitals and insurance companies are pushing people to try telemedicine for their allergies, earaches and other minor problems and skip the doctor’s office or clinic. It’s also a way to check in with a doctor if you think you have symptoms of COVID-19. The goal: Prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially to those who are most vulnerable, older people and those with existing health conditions. Virtual care has long been touted as a way to get help quickly instead of waiting days to see a doctor, yet Americans have been slow to embrace it. There are signs that may be changing because of COVID-19. Here’s a closer look at how telemedicine works. WHAT IS TELEMEDICINE? Got a smartphone, tablet or computer? That’s all you really need to use telemedicine, sometimes called telehealth or virtual visits. Generally, it just refers to a video visit with a remotely located care provider like a doctor or therapist over a secure connection. The patient uses a website link or an app to connect. Some telemedicine outlets also offer a version using


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