According to the CDC, although there is limited information available based on current conditions, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at risk for developing COVID-19 with more severe symptoms. That being said, it is even more important to either prevent chronic disease or manage your chronic disease (heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc) during this time and going forward. Here are 5 ways to help you keep safe during this time:
1. Your appointments with your healthcare provider may be canceled or postponed. If telehealth visits are available, it is a good idea to take advantage of them so that the maintenance of your disease is not lost. If telehealth is not an option, try to follow the plan that your doctor provided to you to manage your healthcare issue(s). If you are having an issue, contact your doctor’s office and in the case of an emergency go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.
2. Stay home! It is important to stay at home as much as possible to avoid exposure to others. If you must go out, ensure that you are keeping 6ft away from others and if you have a mask, that would be ideal.
3. Nutrition – it is important during this time to follow your eating plan according to your specific health problem. This will help to maintain your weight as well as helping to keep your symptoms and/or reactions to a minimum.
4. Sleep for a defined period of time, similar to pre-COVID and get up to start your day in the usual manner. Sleep is one of the most important defenses of your immune system. Changing out of sleeping attire and into regular clothes will help to keep an eye on your weight by how your clothes are fitting as well as making it more like a usual day for you.
5. Routine – it is helpful to create a routine. It will be a new routine based on your new home and work situation. We have to get used to not working, working with family around, working with pets around as well as all the distractions that come along with that. If you are still working, try to make a workspace away from your sleep space to designate the two parts of your day as separate. Create a schedule of work time, break time and end time. Work in some exercise if possible, if it is only walking laps around the house. Socialization with others is a key component. Either those in your home or those outside of your home via face time or an old-fashioned phone call.