Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for people with diabetes, many of whom are concerned about their health. Fortunately, there are a number of diabetes and coronavirus resources available, which can ease worry and help you overcome any challenges.
Where to find reliable information about COVID-19
Here's where you can find up-to-date COVID-19 information as well as insights about the vaccine:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Data Tracker is a reliable resource for national, state, and county information and trends.
- Your state's Department of Public Health website is a good source of state health and COVID-19 information.
- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus and diabetes.
- You can learn about vaccine distribution and how states prioritize who will get the COVID-19 vaccine first through the Kaiser Family Foundation.
- JDRF has created an access guide for individuals living with diabetes who are interested in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- The CDC has also issued information about the risks and benefits of the vaccine.
- As Anthony Fauci told Harvard University, the U.S. could reach a new degree of normality by the end of 2021 if 75% to 80% of Americans are vaccinated.
8 informative COVID-19 articles on the Edgepark Health Insights blog
Edgepark is committed to helping individuals stay informed, safe, and healthy. Over the last year, several articles related to the novel coronavirus have been published on the Health Insights blog. After all, having the facts around managing diabetes and COVID-19 can help ease your anxiety and give you a plan of action for moving forward.
Here's a list of eight insightful articles related to diabetes and the coronavirus that can be found on Health Insights:
- Diabetes and the coronavirus: Navigating facts, feelings, and COVID-19
People with diabetes aren't at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 — however, the effects of the virus can pose serious health complications. This article provides a rundown about the relationship between diabetes and COVID-19 risk. Learn common symptoms of COVID-19 and how to minimize the risks of hospitalization and complications related to diabetes. By taking preventative steps, you can protect your immune system while maintaining a healthy daily routine.
- 6 tips for living with T1D in a world changed by COVID-19
Living in a world changed by COVID-19 doesn't mean that staying at home is your only option. You can safely venture out in body and spirit while taking practical steps to avoid the virus. There's no need to give up socializing and healthy activities if you follow these tips for navigating life during the pandemic.
- Stay healthy at school: T1D tips for in-person or virtual learning
Depending on where you live, your children may be attending virtual classes at home or traveling to their traditional classrooms to learn in person. Remote learning can be a challenge, especially if your home environment isn't set up to support studying. The socialization school offers is a big benefit for children. The daily routine of getting ready for school and seeing friends helps them develop critical social skills. Learn how you can keep your children safe and support learning at home or in the classroom.
- Shopping and living with T1D during COVID-19
Venturing out into crowded stores to purchase groceries or prescriptions may have you concerned about the risk of contracting COVID-19. While home delivery for groceries and prescriptions is possible, there's nothing like being able to choose what you buy and pick up your prescriptions on your own schedule. This article includes tips for safely venturing out of your home, making it easy to tackle your errand or shopping list. While you're out of the house, you can take a scenic drive, stop by a park for a walk, or do something for yourself that reminds you that living with diabetes and avoiding the coronavirus is absolutely manageable!
- T1D pandemic playbook: Diabetes management and supplies to have during quarantine
Maintaining a regular supply of diabetes essentials may have become more complicated during the pandemic. You can take steps to minimize worry about running out of insulin and other supplies by taking inventory and planning ahead. This playbook outlines diabetes management equipment to have on hand, whether you're participating in routine activities or planning for a weekend away. You can focus on more of the things you love when you're prepared to manage your diabetes.
- Speak up! Talking to your boss about concerns around diabetes and COVID-19
Employees not considered essential on-site workers may have transitioned to a remote workforce. Whether you're working remotely or continuing to show up every day at your workplace, discuss concerns around diabetes and COVID-19 with your supervisor. It's important to practice social distancing in all lines of work — especially if you work at a medical office or a grocery store — but that isn't always possible. You can protect yourself by wearing a mask and following infection guidelines. Talk to your supervisor and ask for special accommodations if necessary to protect you and your co-workers.
- 6 tips for conquering diabetes and anxiety during COVID-19
The pandemic has turned many lives and emotions upside down. Feeling anxious about contracting the coronavirus may have you losing sleep. The six tips outlined in this article can help ease your diabetes and coronavirus anxieties in an uncertain world.
- 7 items to keep in your T1D at-home emergency kit
Toss fear to the wind by being prepared and confident to manage type 1 diabetes (t1d) — even when the unexpected pops up. In this article, learn about seven T1D items to always have on hand at home or in a travel emergency kit. Order diabetes supplies online to reduce trips to a local pharmacy and save time in your busy schedule.
Looking for more insights related to diabetes and coronavirus considerations? Stay updated with ongoing articles and tips about managing diabetes by visiting the Edgepark Health Insights blog.