INFORMATION YOU CAN TRUST REGARDING COVID-19
STRESS AND COPING DURING COVID-19
Uncertainty brings uncertainty and uncertainty causes stress and anxiety. This is especially true right now when so much information is being spread through social media and media. There are things you can do to cope and ways to help your children, family, and friends.
PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA
Don't believe everything you read! Yes, people with asthma are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 because it attacks the lungs. Yes, the UK has issued a lengthy isolation period for people with asthma and other illnesses. But this is the United States. Learn how to stay safe from the CDC.
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
People with diabetes who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to develop severe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and complications.They should be especially diligent to reduce risk of exposure, including hand washing, practicing social distancing, and staying home as much as possible.
Managing diabets can be more challenging during this time.
Blood sugars: activity restriction, changes in eating patterns, and illness can all affect blood sugars. Patients should monitor more closely and call their health care team if they are having problems.
Medications: patients should ensure they have sufficient medications and call their health care team if they need refills.
To reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure, avoid going to the clinic unless necessary. Patients who develop mild symptoms should monitor their blood sugars, stay well hydrated, and call their health care team with concerns. For severe symptoms, seek medical care right away.
PEOPLE WITH HEART DISEASE OR HYPERTENSION
The American Heart Association is advising caution and preparation for people who have heart disease or who have survived a stroke. Based on current information, it appears elderly people with coronary heart disease or hypertension are more likely to be infected and to develop more severe symptoms. Stroke survivors may also face increased risk for complications if they get COVID-19.
PEOPLE WITH HIV
The risk from immune suppression is not known, but with other viral respiratory infections, the risk for people with HIV getting very sick is greatest in:
People with a low CD4 cell count, and
People not on HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART).
People with HIV can also be at increased risk of getting very sick with COVID-19 based on their age and other medical conditions.