From all of us at the Chronic Disease Coalition, we hope you remain safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
The CDC’s mission is to support those of us with chronic diseases, and to help patients fight against discrimination. Our mission has never been more important. We extend our fullest support to everyone in our community and hope to utilize our patient network to inform and equip each other around COVID-19 and – one day – help mitigate the damage it has caused. We believe it is crucial that patients like us have the resources to protect ourselves and others at a time like this.
Together, we can all do our part to help flatten the curve and protect ourselves and our vulnerable loved ones by remaining informed, following local health guidelines and practicing proper sanitation:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps to protect yourself:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
In addition to protecting yourself, the following resources can help you learn more about navigating daily life during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Suggestions for higher risk patients (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Agencies
- The American Disabilities Act and COVID-19 (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
- Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19 (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Coronavirus: What Older Adults Need to Know (National Council on Aging)
- What You Need to Know about Diabetes and the Coronavirus (DiaTribe)
The CDC signed onto a letter earlier this week in support of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), a bill that would waive all beneficiary cost sharing for coronavirus testing and the associated doctor’s office visits. We are grateful to report that the President has signed and passed this historic piece of legislation, and it’s one of many upcoming opportunities we and other patient organizations will have to protect patients’ rights and ensure care for all during this time of need.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Chronic Disease Coalition to discuss your experience with COVID-19 and advocacy opportunities.
Stay safe, stay positive. We will get through this together.
Executive Director of the Chronic Disease Coalition