Resources for T1Ds During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mar 20, 2020 —
It feels surreal to be writing this to you. I'm sure your life feels surreal right now. Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the world in some way. I constantly send positive thoughts to the universe for your safety, health, and well-being, whoever you are, whether you have T1D or not.
Though, I strongly encourage all people with T1D to practice self-isolation right now to take the proper precautions. It is much better to be safe than sorry. If you're able to stay home and/or work from home, please do it to protect yourself and others.
I hope that we as a society can coordinate quickly so that we can arrive at a positive resolution for humanity sooner rather than later. As leaders from the World Health Organization have said, this virus has the power to bring out the good or bad in us, and I hope it brings out our good, proactive, and harmonious nature.
I hope as time goes on we have the opportunity to learn from this part of our history in proactive and reflective ways, both scientific and empathetic, for the better of humanity.
At times like this, it's easy to panic. It's easy to become depressed and anxious. It's human nature to worry. But, we must try to keep our thoughts positive and hopeful. We can do this best by controlling what we can, which means being a part of the solution.
I wanted to take the time today to share some T1D resources that may benefit you during this time.
- JDRF Coronavirus Page
- Beyond Type 1 - Coronavirus and Type 1 Diabetes
- Beyond Type 1 - Diabetes Disaster Relief Plan
- Beyond Type 1 - The Diabetes Disaster Relief Coalition Coronavirus Response
- Beyond Type 1 - COVID-19 Q&A with an Endocrinologist
- Diatribe - What You Need to Know About T1D and the Coronavirus
- ADA - Coronavirus
If you have more relevant links to share, please drop them in the comments below for everyone.
I apologize I haven't updated this support petition in a while. Please know it is still in my mind and is something I'm working on; however, we are all shifting priorities right now and the biggest focus I have is on providing the best information and resources to global communities like this.
It feels that lately, everything has taken a back seat to this pandemic - and it should. As people with T1D know best, without our health we don't have much, and that should be our priority right now. We cannot take our health for granted or risk it.
I would also encourage you to follow the CDC and WHO and your local government above all other resources. Be mindful of the content you consume and be a curious reader. There is a lot of misinformation floating out around there.
More than anything, I ask you to strongly consider The World Health Organization's guidance:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Seek medical care if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing
- Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
- Follow protective measures
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All I want for everyone is to be healthy at the end of this all. Please take protective measures to ensure your safety. I am not an alarmist, but I am a realist, and I know how fragile our health is.
Spread kindness, not panic. Be kind to each other throughout this. We need to work together and coordinate for better outcomes. We are all on the same team and we are all in this together. We are always better safe than sorry - it's much better to take precautions than not.
Be well. Be safe. Take care.
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