Today, it seems that many conversations we have with loved ones are centered around how COVID-19 is affecting our daily lives. However, for patients on dialysis and many other vulnerable populations, their compromised immune systems make them more susceptible to contract COVID-19 than those with healthy immune systems
Patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to be tested for COVID-19 than those with healthy immune systems. Although we may not all be on the front lines providing care to patients in need, there is still a lot we can do to help those around us, as well as ourselves (which is equally as important!)
Tips for Staying Healthy During Coronavirus
In this time when we may begin to feel isolated, take some time to reach out to others to check in.
Craft a hand-written letter to a loved one or host a video conference with friends and family to stay connected. Use social media to share your lockdown survival tactics – film a video of you making your favorite recipe post your at-home workout routine, or solicit cooking ideas or favorite recipes from your network.
Studies have found that there is a direct correlation between physical and emotional health. Even though your normal ways of staying active may not be possible due to the pandemic, there are still ways to keep your body moving!
Take a walk or run outside, climb the stairs at home, or check out the myriad of online workouts available to you. Many gyms and trainers are hosting free online workouts that can be done at home!
Engage in social distancing to protect those who are vulnerable to the virus. Even for those who are in good health and potentially less susceptible to contracting COVID-19, it is important for us to think about members of our community (like dialysis patients!) who may not be in a healthy state.
Only leave your home for essential errands and limit their frequency as best you can, adhere to safeguards that businesses have put in place when you are in public, be understanding through inconveniences, and practice safe sanitary practices (like washing your hands consistently) to limit the spread of germs.
In tough times like these, it is important we all work together to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our community healthy. To learn more about what DaVita Clinical Research is doing to help our patients and community, visit our site today.