Sick vets should use virtual care options, VA says

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has some advice for vets with a fever, cold, cough or flu-like symptoms; call your symptoms in and get treated by your VA provider with a virtual care visit through MyHealtheVet and the VA Video Connect app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

“Virtual care is safe and effective,” a VAntage blog post reads. “Imagine the benefits to you and to your fellow veterans if you don’t have the hassle of going to the hospital or clinic with a cold, flu or other viral illness.”

Virtual care means you can contact your VA provider and health care team through secure messaging or receive treatment by telephone or video, the blog post explains. Last year, veterans had over 20 million virtual engagements with VA. Any vet who qualifies to receive care from the VA is eligible to use virtual care.

“Staying home can be easier for you and safer for the community by helping contain the spread of infectious diseases,” the post states.

Virtual care is not for use in emergencies, the post stresses. A virtual care session begins with a simple request via a secure message for a video appointment.   

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