Diabetes care during the COVID-19 reopening phase
Many countries are now in the process of a multiphase reopening of goods and services during the COVID-19 healthcare pandemic. Persons with chronic medications conditions, such as diabetes must be vigilant in their health practices now more than ever to lower the risk of exposure to this virus. Sadly, many experts believe it is possible that another wave of COVID-19 will occur; thus, minimizing your personal risk is paramount for your continued good health and well-being.
As always, the number one priority is to practice social distancing as much as possible. Keeping 6 feet apart from others lowers the risk of exposure. Limiting your outdoor travels to essentials (work, grocery stores, and doctor’s office visits) and avoiding crowded areas (gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, and indoor parks) are actions that minimize the threat of getting sick. If you have to enter into these areas, wear a face mask when possible, and practice good handwashing techniques.
As many countries are in different reopening phases, international travel is highly discouraged at this time. If necessary, though, be sure and take extra precautions such as cleaning/disinfecting surfaces you come into contact with (airplane table tops, hotel room counter tops, and rental property items). Closely monitor your glucose levels, travel with adequate supplies, stay hydrated, and eat well balanced meals. Also, be aware that you may need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return home from any international travel so make sure you have adequate resources (food, drink and medication) to sustain you during this additional quarantine requirement.
At this time, there is no “cure” for COVID-19. Vaccine clinical trials are underway, and antibody testing is in the early phases as well. Therefore, our “new norm” for the time being may be the “new norm” for the foreseeable future. Good health practices across the board must take priority to lower our risk of this viral illness. Routine immunizations, including the influenza and pneumonia vaccine, improve our ability to fight viral infections. Healthy eating, glucose monitoring, regular exercise, and taking medications as prescribed improve our overall health and lower the risk of illness. Social distancing and good handwashing techniques stop the spread of many known viruses. We do indeed have the ability to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Everyone must do their part.