It's hard to make yourself get out of bed when you're sick. Add in the cold temperatures and you really don't want to leave the house.
But these days, technology can bring the doctor to you. It's being called "tele-medicine" and it's where you literally have an examination on-line either through your phone or tablet.
One of the leading companies out there is MeMD.
With just about everyone having a camera now on their smart phones and tablets, heading to the doctor's office for the routine illness may not be necessary. 19 Action News checked it out using an iPad and got connected with one of MeMD's 250 physicians. Our doctor was actually in Spokane, Washington.
The doctor asks the same questions a physician in an office would. Things like have you taken your temp, are you achy and how long have you been sick. The doctors are all board certified, and have to be licensed in the state you are in.
Draw backs are it's a little impersonal and so far it's not covered by insurance. The cost is $49 per virtual visit.
But the positives include not having to leave your house and sitting in a doctor's office for a couple of hours with other sick people.
"We keep hearing from our clients that they don't want to go out and wait for that long and be exposed to other people. So they would
prefer the comfort of their home," says MeMD Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc.
Doctors you see online can even prescribe you medicine.
Dr. Conovalciuc says he's been doing virtual visits for the past four years. In the beginning he would see one or two patients a month.
With the explosion in technology he's seeing 30 to 40 in a day.