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COVID-19: Four Keys to Staying Safe If You Have a Chronic Condition

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on the cultural and socio-economic well being of many nations of the world. As we collectively work towards controlling the spread of the virus, it is imperative that we all adhere to recommended precautions. For people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, extra care needs to be taken to avoid developing severe illness.

Here are some guidelines that will help you stay safe and in charge of your health:

  • Be prepared: It is mandatory that you limit your contact with the public to the barest minimum. Leave the safety of your home only if it’s absolutely necessary. What this means is that you should endeavour to have enough household items and groceries as this will cut down on how often you visit the market. Refilling your medications is equally important and should be given priority. Talk to your doctor or health care team when necessary or when you have concerns. As much as possible, explore available communication channels first, before considering physical visits.
  • Follow preventive measures: You need to take the safety measures laid down by health authorities seriously. Ensure you wash your hands regularly at least for 20 seconds or use sanitizers with up to 70% alcohol content to clean your hands. Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a distance of at least one metre (3 feet) from people when you’re outside your own.
  • Take action: If you feel even the slightest symptoms, don’t hesitate to call your doctor immediately. Prior to this, ensure you take lots of fluid and frequently monitor your blood sugar using your Accu-Chek glucose meter. This will help keep track of any changes so that you can make quick decisions that will prevent complications.
  • Stay Positive: This is clearly not the time to let your stress level go haywire. Even though there may be negative and depressing news all around, it will help to condition your mind to stay positive. Don’t stop engaging in safe activities that make you happy. It could be something as insignificant as reconnecting with an old friend over a phone call and reliving happy memories or just catching up on your favourite show. The bottom line is “stay positive”.

As you stay safe this period, remember that little actions such as monitoring your blood glucose level can make all the difference. To order an Accu-Chek glucose meter or restock on blood sugar test strips, reach our customer service representative on +234 (0) 700 225 5476 or Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates and tips on how to stay safe amidst the pandemic. 

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