Taking care of chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma is still important during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it is more important than ever that no Philadelphian neglects their physical or mental health.
In an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911 or go to an emergency room. To keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19:
- If you have time, grab a homemade mask, or even a scarf or extra t-shirt, to cover your face.
- Do your best to keep a safe space (6+ feet) between yourself and others.
- Let staff know if you have (or have had in the past two weeks) a cough or fever.
Many doctors have made telephone and/or video visits available to help people get the care they need without coming in to the office. This helps protect everyone from exposure to possible COVID-19. Call your doctor’s office to ask about options.
Make sure you have enough of your regular medicines. If you aren’t able to come in for a visit and your doctor doesn’t offer virtual visits, ask about getting refills called in to your pharmacy. Some pharmacies will make deliveries to your home. Keeping chronic conditions well controlled will help prevent complications and keep your immune system strong in case you do become infected with COVID-19.
City health centers, and other federally qualified health centers, are open and available during the pandemic. They serve everyone, regardless of language, nationality, or ability to pay. It’s always a good idea to call first.
Support is available for breastfeeding, and for quitting smoking. Smoking and vaping may increase your risk of complications from COVID-19. And having to go out to buy cigarettes or e-cigs exposes you to risk, so this is a great time to quit.