You’ve probably seen the continued news coverage about the Coronavirus and may be worried. It’s proving to cause more scare and last-minute preparations than many anticipated. But here at Integrated Diabetes, we want you to rest assured that there’s plenty you can do keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Remember that preparation, instead of panic is key.
Here are some recommendations:
Take the same precautions as you would for any illness: Wash your hands! Make sure to scrub with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If you’re unable to wash, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Try to avoid being around people who are sick, and importantly, stay home if you’re sick. The likelihood of getting the Coronavirus is still rather low in most parts of the world, but it continues to spread daily.
Maintain good blood sugars and A1c. The body’s ability to fight infection decreases when blood sugars aren’t controlled well. If you’re struggling to do this, give us a call and we can help!
Manage your blood sugars if you do get sick. Have a sick-day plan including checking ketones and how to increase insulin doses if blood sugars are high. Again, we can help!
Drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, exercise and manage stress!
Get a flu shot. Although it won’t prevent the Coronavirus specifically, it can help prevent the flu.
There’s no need to stockpile face masks, as they’re not very effective at warding off this illness. Generally, following the recommendations above are enough to stay safe. Additionally, there’s a shortage of masks at some hospitals and clinics, where they’re truly needed.
On that note, don’t stockpile diabetes supplies. There’s no predicted shortage in the future, and stockpiling supplies could actually cause a shortage for others.
Have some medications and supplies on hand for if you do get sick, such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, low-sugar Gatorade or Pedialyte, Imodium for diarrhea, and cold medication.
Having well-controlled diabetes doesn’t necessarily put you at an increased risk of Coronavirus, or any other illness. A little preparation now can go a long way.
Annette Valle is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator who also serves as an English/Spanish medical language interpreter. She has lived with T1D since age 13. Annette has personal experience and is certified to train on all models of insulin pumps, CGMs and hybrid closed loop systems.