Quarantined with a chronic illness during the coronavirus crisis: How 'high risk' groups can manage their health
Living with a chronic illness isn’t easy under the best of circumstances. But having multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes or COPD in the age of the coronavirus crisis can be life-altering.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically states that people of any age who have serious underlying health conditions are at a higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19. Much of it comes down to being immunocompromised, whether from the actual illness or disease-modifying drugs to get symptoms under control, explains Susan Besser, MD, a primary care physician at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. The CDC recommends that people with serious chronic illness stay home as much as they are able, avoid crowds whenever possible and limit close contact with others. That can make it incredibly difficult to keep up with doctor’s appointments, treatment and life, in general. Here’s how people with chronic illness are managing right now. #health #depression #chronicillness #healing