9. More post-op support
Whether you’re recovering from a C-section or a knee replacement, chances are you won’t get enough supplies from the hospital to take care of your wounds at home for the duration of your recovery.
“Patients are getting sent home with only one or two days of post-op supplies, and that wasn’t always the case,” says Johnsen.
Walgreens works with various hospital suppliers to make sure the company is carrying the most prescribed products for post-op recovery like gauze, tape and antibacterial ointments. Plus, Walgreens is working on upgrading some standard wound care supplies like a dressing with silver alginate, which Johnsen says helps reduce bacterial growth and only needs to be changed every seven days.
10. Sickness isn’t seasonal anymore
Have you started feeling congested and weren’t sure if it was COVID-19 or seasonal allergies? Or even worse, was your household hit by the ‘tripledemic’? While we can at least predict the flu, COVID-19 isn’t following the same seasonal pattern—meaning any new symptom we experience can be a cause for alarm. Falling sick remains disruptive to our daily lives and ability to work, and it’s imperative to get diagnosed quickly and accurately as we enter the third year of the pandemic. Walgreens offers flu testing in stores, including COVID-19 and flu testing that can be performed at the same time at 5,000 locations. Additionally, COVID-19 tests can be delivered 24-hours a day for timely and accurate self-diagnosing.