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Why you need a coronavirus care plan and how to make one

MarketWatch – “…At any stage of life, a medical crisis might render you unable to make health care choices. Because of visitor restrictions to health care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be harder for family or other advocates to be present. Sometimes decisions have to be made quickly. That said, doctors often don’t know a patient’s wishes. In today’s medical landscape, if you go to the hospital, your primary care doctor probably will not be the one taking care of you. Doctors can change daily, so you need to make your wishes easily accessible. People of all ages have become more interested in making care plans. Advance care planning involves learning about the kinds of health decisions you will need to make, selecting your choices and letting others know. Clear information and a definitive person who can speak on your behalf can help avoid arguments between family members about your wishes. The Conversation Project has starter kits in over 10 languages that can jump start talking to loved ones. When the pandemic hit the U.S., the organization had 43,000 more visits to its site than in the same period in previous years. On April 4, the group released a guide specific to COVID-19. Within two months, it was downloaded 7,607 times. If you or your loved one needs a COVID-19 care plan, here’s how to get started…”

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