In many ways, it seems the COVID-19 pandemic has made the world stop. Work, school, social schedule — so many facets of our lives have been halted or severely compromised by this disease.

Healthcare has been affected, as well, as health systems here and nationwide have pooled resources to prepare and care for COVID-19 patients. But your other health needs haven’t stopped because of the pandemic, and now is certainly not the time to neglect them.

Whether you have a chronic condition, an emergent need or simply want to keep up with your primary care provider, keep in mind that local healthcare facilities remain open and are here to help. Care might look a little different than it did just a few months ago, but it’s just as important as ever. Here’s a quick look at some key questions surrounding regular healthcare in the age of COVID-19:

Where can I go?

Say you’re struck with the stomach flu, end up with a nasty cut or suspect your toddler has come down with yet another ear infection. Your primary care provider is here and ready to help — or you can check out an urgent care or similar facility with no need for an appointment. If you’re not sure where to go, check out your system’s website or call the 24-hour nursing line number. If you have respiratory symptoms, please call before going into any facility. This is an important protection measure for staff members and your fellow patients.

Need to get your annual physical, or overdue on a screening? Your primary care provider’s office is the place to start. Facilities may differ in what types of appointments are available and when, but your provider’s team can work with you to ensure your needs are met.

What are my options?

You may end up having a regular office appointment, just as you’re probably used to. But many health systems have significantly expanded their virtual offerings recently, meaning you might not need to be seen in person at all. Ask your provider’s office about e-visits, video visits and telephone appointments, or schedule online via your system’s patient portal. They’re a great way to be seen at home, at your convenience (and even in your jammies if you so choose).

Is it safe?

While virtual visit capabilities have expanded significantly, not every healthcare need is suitable for this type of approach. If an in-person visit is called for, know that health systems are working hard to ensure patients are well-protected. These measures include:

■ Taking steps to separate suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients from those with other healthcare needs.

■ Masking protocols for providers, staff and patients

■ Patient education encouraging those with respiratory symptoms to call first, rather than just showing up to a clinic to be seen

■ Social distancing messaging and guidance within facilities

■ Thorough cleaning protocols

Healthcare is happening, and it’s as important as ever. Whether it’s a minor ailment, a regular screening or something more severe, be seen. Your health and well-being always matter.

Stacie Zdroik is an Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber at Bellin Health in Marinette.