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Understanding and Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a diabetes care and education specialist, you are the front line of care for individuals affected by diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Coronavirus (COVID-19), like other viruses, can cause serious complications for people with underlying conditions, especially in those with existing cardiovascular disease, COPD, or diabetes, and the elderly. It’s critical that you take the appropriate steps to work with clients to follow proper CDC guidance.






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Q&A Recorded Webinar: Abbott FreeStyle® Libre for Hospitalized People With Diabetes the During COVID-19 Pandemic

The FDA recently is allowing the use of some CGM devices in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADCES has worked with Abbott to answer your questions on the use of their FreeStyle Libre in the hospital setting. 

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Check back for the latest news impacting your practice and clients. 


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  • What are the symptoms?
  • Who is at risk?
  • What do I do if I suspect a client has been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) or is infected?
  • How should my clients prepare for COVID-19?

Additional Resources 

Access CDC guidance and resources for community health workers, community health representatives and promotores de la salud

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Are you an ADCES member? Connect with peers in ADCES Connect.  

Do you have questions about COVID-19 and telehealth, billing or how your practice can adapt? Join the ADCES Connect Diabetes Technology Community of Interest (COI)Office & Clinic Based COI and Public Health COI to connect with peers on these and other pressing topics.

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From the ADCES Podcast The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team

Episode Summary

COVID-19 continues to have a major impact on care in and out of the hospital. In this episode, Jane Seley and Amisha Wallia discuss their recent research on inpatient and outpatient management of COVID-19, and their experience in collecting and understanding best practices for a systems-based approach to care. They also discuss vaccine hesitancy and how you can address concerns in your community.

 

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Resources

To access the paper discussed in today’s episode Caring for Hospitalized Patients with Diabetes Mellitus, Hyperglycemia, and COVID-19: Bridging the Remaining Knowledge Gaps visit https://rdcu.be/cbnLl

For additional guidance and resources on COVID-19 and diabetes care, visit DiabetesEducator.org/COVID-19

For vaccine information, visit DiabetesEducator.org/COVID-19vaccine

Additional study: How to Best Protect People With Diabetes From the Impact of SARS-CoV-2: Report of the International COVID-19 and Diabetes Summit:  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1932296820978399

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For People with Diabetes, Prediabetes & Cardiometabolic Conditions 

The coronavirus pandemic can be stressful, especially for those at higher risk of complications. The CDC recommends the following activities for healthy coping: 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs. The ADCES7 Self-Care Behaviors offer an organized way to manage diabetes. Check out these handouts your clients can use to understand and work through each behavior. 
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Online peer support communities offer an outlet available 24/7. For more information, visit DiabetesEducator.org/PeerSupport.
  • For additional guidance from the CDC on healthy coping and managing stress, checkout their resources. 

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