SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Going to the doctor isn’t everyone’s favorite activity.
If you haven’t been keeping up with your doctor visits since the start of the pandemic, medical professionals warn, it's time to get back into the routine.
"I think initially we were all kind of didn't know what we were supposed to do. Right. So here comes Coronavirus. Everyone just stay home until we sorted out. And then for a lot of us, it was like is it safe yet. And then now, it's probably progressed to the point of it's just not a routine any more, that I think for a lot of us, we just forgot like I still need to get my vision checked and have my teeth checked," said Dr. Jeremy Granger.
Dr. Jeremy Granger with UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's worries people are putting off routine care that can save lives.
"So you still got to get your routine screening done, your preventative care, that's when we're checking your cholesterol, you know, mammograms for women, colon cancer for adults, colon cancer screening. All the other stuff is still out there. And it doesn't care about Coronavirus. It's not slowing its progression because of Coronavirus," said Dr. Granger.
Doctor's offices are taking the necessary health precautions to protect you.
"But now we've really found the most useful thing is just getting our patients and not putting barriers. But when they get here making sure that you're not sitting in a crowded waiting room that we get you back to your room as soon as possible that the people that care for you and the other people that are around you're wearing masks, washing the hands, sanitizing and sterilizing surfaces," said Dr. Granger.
Dr. Granger said they've also altered treatments to help prevent the spread of the virus.