“I said, of course, this is much better,” says Azhar, who immediately turned around and went home. “Who wants to go to a doctor’s office right now, at this time of coronavirus?”The reality is health-care workers are among the most at-risk for getting covid-19 — and doctors’ waiting rooms are magnets for people who might be contagious. So across America, doctors and hospitals are asking patients to shift outpatient activity into video chats, voice calls, texts and emails.Telehealth apps are getting less attention than other forms of “social distancing,” but they’re turning out to be doctors’ first line of defense to slow the spread of the coronavirus and focus care and limited supplies onto the most urgent cases. Telemedicine, as it’s also known, is important, too, for all the medical necessities that don’t stop because of the coronavirus — diabetes, heart conditions, skin rashes and more — but put patients at risk when they leave home for care.Doctors really, really don’t want to see you in person right now. Officials have urged hospitals to cancel all elective surgeries, and President Trump touted the benefits of telemedicine during a briefing Tuesday. As more Americans get sick with the coronavirus, starting online

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