The Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind; including mine. I am in the high-risk group. I am over 60 with a chronic illness. (For information about assessing risk for the Coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control has created the International US Guidance for Potential Coronavirus.)

We are implementing various precautions to control and prevent infection. It is advised to stay safe by staying at home, mostly to practice respiratory precautions. Hand hygiene is particularly influential in controlling diseases and avoiding illness.

Women’s Health Magazine put out an article with some tips like these, but I thought it would be nice to show you what to expect if you’re dealing with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or any other chronic condition that makes you more susceptible to catching something else.

It’s important to stay strong as a community to work beyond psoriasis.

Let’s transform the landscape to power beyond this new disease as well.

Our communities are taking profound measures to stop the widespread transmission of this new strain of the Coronavirus.

Best Tips for Dealing With Coronavirus for High-Risk Group

As older adults with chronic illnesses, what should we do?

  1. The first thing I did was stock up on medication. Don’t forget over the counter medications, in case you do get sick. Don’t just stock up on toilet paper.
  2. The next thing I stocked up on was food; drinks, etc., we need to eat. (Toilet paper still isn’t on the list, not yet.)
  3. If you have a pet, make sure they have plenty of food and treats.
  4. Now, I will concentrate on cleaning supplies and toilet paper. (The CDC gives their recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting of households with people suspected to have COVID-19.)

Taking Precautions Against Coronavirus for Psoriasis Community

What precautions can you take?

  • Try to avoid people.
  • We hear this one every day. Wash those hands for 20 seconds and wash often.
  • If for some reason you’re not near water; carry hand sanitizer with you. It should have 60% alcohol.
  • Limit your touching if you’re out and about.
  • Limit traveling, especially cruises. I have a cruise scheduled for May.
  • Try to just stay home as much as possible.

Big News From the CDC Regarding Diagnostic Testing for Coronavirus

Check out the official statement from the Center for Disease Control. This is big news because it relates to getting testing for everyone.

Even if you don’t have insurance, you should receive testing. The CDC is a government organization that’s designed to protect people from disease.

This short video from the CDC discusses whether Coronavirus vaccines will be available for people without health insurance:

The director of the CDC committed his “existing authority” to provide “testing, treatment, exam, isolation without cause.” The director committed to this after Porter pressed him work on it.

Katie Porter, “our intent is to get every American the treatment they need.”

Porter asked him to make a commitment. He said, “Yes.”

She might have had to push him and put words in his mouth, but the director of the CDC actually took over, saying,  “I’d like to echo what you said… those individuals in the shadows can get the healthcare they need.”

Taking Steps to Recover From the Coronavirus: Hang in There!

Wondering what to do if you do get sick?

  • Get medical attention at once.
  • If you’re having shortness of breath, are confused, or experience unusual pain, get help immediately.
  • If you suspect that you or someone in your circle has the Coronavirus, take a look at the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control on how to disinfect and clean the household of people diagnosed with or suspected to have the Coronavirus.

What Is the Government Doing to Help Our Community?

Everyone around the world is in fear of COVID-19, and every country is fighting to survive from this disease. We are all scared of the unknown. We are cancelling events in Washington, DC and around the world, closing schools to keep ourselves safe. I can’t even go to the nursing home to see my stepmom.

A picture from the journey of a patient advocate. Diane Talbert is a patient advocate for psoriasis.
“Advice from your patient advocate.”

I believe the folks in Washington and health officials are putting all their efforts into holding this situation down. Doesn’t look like they can control the declining financial market. The stock market and capital reserves are scary right now.

We are strong as a nation, and we have a strong determination towards unpredictable circumstances. I know that we will be able to turn this situation around very quickly.