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Prescription Pick Up Safety Tips During COVID-19

Many areas are still experiencing restricted movement due to the global pandemic called COVID-19. Even as states start to ease up on restrictions, experts are warning us to keep practicing social distancing for the foreseeable future. Until treatments and a vaccine are available, it's best for people vulnerable to the virus to continue to shelter in place as much as possible, and when you have to go, wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others. During this time you may still need to find ways to obtain groceries and medicine, so here are some tips on how to stay safe when picking up prescriptions.

  • Call in prescriptions orders and refills ahead of time using the phone, an app, or having the doctor call for you. This will eliminate unnecessary extra time waiting around the pharmacy.

  • Use drive-through windows and curbside pickup as much as possible to avoid going into the store.

  • See if your prescriptions can be mailed. Check with your insurance provider because even medications that previously were not available with mail order might be available now due to COVID-19.

  • Check with your pharmacy and your insurance company about getting 60 and 90-day supplies of most medications to limit pharmacy trips.

  • If you must go inside the store remember to wear a mask and to stand at least 6 feet from other people. Afterward, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and hot water.

  • Do not leave your house if you have a fever, cough, or body aches.

  • Have a family member pick up prescriptions if you are at high risk for the virus.

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