COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, has spread throughout the U.S. with confirmed cases in 49 out of 50 states. Because of the risks the virus poses to the general population, particularly elderly people and those with suppressed immune systems, both state and federal governments are encouraging people to stay at home as much as possible. Some states have even started closing non-essential businesses. Pharmacies, however, will remain open.

If you take a prescription medication, you may be worried about how you’ll get your medications during this uncertain time, or what risks you’ll face if you travel to the pharmacy in person. These tips can help you reduce your chances of infection:

  • Order your medications online—Many supermarkets and pharmacies offer online ordering and home delivery of medications. However, because of shipping and delivery times, it’s important to order your medications long before you’ll risk running out.
  • Use drive-thru pharmacy options—Both local and chain pharmacies have drive-thru options for customers to pick up prescriptions without needing to leave their vehicles. Using this option can help you avoid entering a potentially crowded store and putting yourself and others in your household at risk of contracting the virus.

In addition, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what to do if you’re in a high-risk group for coronavirus complications. Avoid crowds, practicing social distancing, and keeping your hands washed can significantly reduce your risk of infection, but your doctor may have additional advice or instructions for you.

The drug injury lawyers at Ferrer Poirot Feller Daniel hope everyone stays safe during this pandemic, and as always, we’re here to help if you or someone you love is injured due to a defective drug or medical device.