Hi I’m Bob Gabbay the chief medical
officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center and I’m here to provide some advice on
staying safe from the coronavirus. People with diabetes are at higher risk once they get the infection and therefore we want to take some special precautions.
Number one, be sure that you have enough medication at home for your diabetes and
other health issues. Make sure your prescriptions are
up-to-date and then have medicines available to treat what might be the
symptoms of infection fever, cough. The typical over-the-counter medications for
those purposes. The most important thing is really practicing good hygiene, which
means washing your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds, using hand
sanitizer during the day. And that hand sanitizer should have at least 60%
alcohol to be effective. Another important measure is keeping your
distance from other people. If you do become ill stay home and call your health care provider before you come to the office to get further instructions.
Try to isolate yourself from other family members and people at your home. This is important for us to stay safe and ensure that we all continue to live
healthy lives in the midst of the coronavirus. You can find much more
information on the Joslin website. Joslin.org/coronavirus