COVID-19 Resource Center
At Cecelia Health we work very hard to ensure positive health outcomes for our members. The current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been designated as a global emergency by the World Health Organization and has particular significance for people living with chronic conditions, whose immune systems are more likely to be vulnerable.
For the duration of this global pandemic, we will bring the latest information from our certified health educators and diabetes specialists to help keep you and your loved ones safe and well informed.
Cecelia Health is dedicating resources that can provide immediate telehealth support as an alternative to calls and visits to healthcare providers, care managers, and pharmaceutical companies. Click here to learn more about how we are helping make a tangible impact in addressing this crisis.
From our Blog
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the virus spread?
COVID 19 is a respiratory virus, which means it can be spread in tiny droplets released from the nose and mouth of an infected person
Who is at a higher risk of serious illness?
Some older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease have a higher risk of experiencing more severe symptoms.
Am I more susceptible to the virus if I have a chronic condition?
A person with diabetes is not more susceptible to getting COVID-19 than a person who does not have diabetes, but they are at a higher risk of serious complication if they were to contract the virus.
Beyond social distancing, what steps can I take to protect myself?
- Wash your hands often. It is best to use soap and water and you should wash the for at least 20 seconds. You can use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Clean and disinfect daily touched surfaces often.
- Try to avoid touching your face, eyes, nose etc.
- Focus on good blood glucose control - inflammation can results from blood glucose that are above your target range. Viruses can also cause inflammation and these two factors together could make you susceptible to more severe complications.
If I think I have symptoms, what should I do?
- It is recommended that you call your healthcare provider (HCP) to discuss your symptoms
- Make sure you can share your blood glucose reading and ketone reading with your HCP
- Follow your sick day plan like you would with any illness
If I or a loved one contracts COVID-19, what should we do?
- If possible, the person who is sick should wear a face mask when someone who is not sick comes in contact with them.
- If a face mask impacts breathing, the person caring for you should wear a face mask
- If a person in your house is sick, make sure they have their own space to isolate themselves (e.g.room with a closed door)
- Continue to clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched daily.
- Keep as much distance as you can between you and the person who is sick
- If you contract COVID-19, follow your sick day management plan and monitor your symptoms closely
- Sick Day management tips - drink lots of fluids, check your blood sugar often, if you have more than 2 blood glucose readings over 240mg/dL, check for ketones. Call your HCP is you have moderate or large ketones
How can I help a loved one with a chronic condition during this time?
- Closely follow all the recommended guidelines for ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Wash hands frequently for soap and water
- Clean and disinfect surfaces often
- Practice social distancing
- If you are sick, stay home and do not visit them
- Make sure they have what they need (medication, food etc) so they can stay home
- Make sure you wash your hands before preparing/giving them food or caring for them
What should I do if I’m running low on medication?
- Manufacturers have not reported a shortage of medication or challenges with distribution of medication at this time
- If you need medication, you can refill your prescription like you normally do and pick it up at a drive-through pharmacy (if available)
- You can have a friend or family member pick up the prescription for you and leave it at your front door for you
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- United States Department of Health and Labor
- American Diabetes Association
- Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists