As medical experts from around the globe work to better understand the cause, side effects, and treatment for COVID-19 -most known as Coronavirus- we are here to help you stay informed on the latest updates and recommendations so you and your loved ones stay healthy!
If you are living with underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, kidney disease, or a rare genetic disorder, it is important to first ensure you have enough of the necessary medications to manage your current condition. Next, you will need to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection that can possibly make these conditions worse.
Contact your healthcare provider, if you are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
Terms you should know:
Epidemic: An infectious disease in communities that is widespread at a given time.
Pandemic: An infectious disease that is widespread across communities around the globe.
Virus: An infectious agent that takes control of healthy cells in the body. Viruses can multiply quickly and are most often cured by the body’s own immune system, vaccines, and specific antiviral drugs.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions from Our Experts
If you are considered high-risk for complications with COVID-19, it is important to take extra precautions to keep safe. High-risk people include those with diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, people who take medication to suppress the immune system, pregnant women, and older adults.
- Stay home and limit contact with others (physical distancing)
- Arrange a way to have healthy food delivered
- Find creative ways of exercising at home (e.g. download exercise videos, dancing to your favorite playlist, yoga, meditation, taking a walk outside- but maintain physical distancing)
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces regularly
- Keep hands away from your face, particularly your eyes and mouth
- Find a “go-to” person whom you’re in touch with routinely
- If possible, maintain a 3-month supply of medications and supplies
- Quit smoking or vaping as this can increase the risk of complications if the virus is contracted
- Stay positive and find ways to "de-stress" e.g. exercise, meditation, yoga, family games, etc.
We understand how challenging it can be to receive accurate information surrounding COVID-19. Bookmark these resources from trusted organizations to stay informed.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO) - FAQ List
- National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)- FAQ List
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Fast Facts
- American Diabetes Association (ADA)
- HealthWell Foundation Ancillary Assistance Fund - At risk or quarantined patients with COVID-19 who are eligible, can receive up to $250 in assistance for delivered food and medication and transportation costs to manage COVID-19
- Hormone Health Network List of Patient Assistance Programs
- Hormone Health Network Diabetes Disaster Relief and Preparedness Guide
- RareCare by NORD - Assistance programs to help patients with rare diseases obtain life-saving or life-sustaining medication they could not otherwise afford.
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