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Coronavirus Recommendations

by IBD Medical on April 01, 2020

Diabetes support coronavirus COVID-19 help recommendations

Due to the recent influx of COVID-19 cases we have some recommendations to help protect against the virus and help prevent the spreading of the virus. COVID-19 can easily be transmitted from person to person a number of ways. The most common ways are being in close contact with an infectious person (this includes 24 hours before they show symptoms), contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze and even touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles and tables) that have been contaminated with droplets from an infected persons, and then touching your mouth or face.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone should practice good hygiene by frequently washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. People are also strongly encouraged to participate in social distancing behaviours to help slow the spread of the virus. It recommended that you follow government instructions regarding social distancing and gatherings, such as only leaving the house for essentials.

Good hygiene includes:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • Disposing of tissues properly
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water (including before and after eating and after using the bathroom)
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
  • If you are sick, avoiding contact with others and stating at least 1.5m away from others

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website. If you have a confirmed case, you need to self-quarantine to prevent it spreading to other people.

Social distancing:

  • Staying at home when you are unwell
  • Avoiding large public gatherings (if they are not essential)
  • Keeping a distance of 1.5m between you and other people when possible
  • Minimising physical contact (especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions)

Coronavirus and your emotional wellbeing

You might be feeling worried and anxious about coronavirus and how it might affect you or your family and friends. We know this could be a stressful time, so you may need support with how you’re feeling. To help you cope with stress and other emotions, please call the Diabetes Australia helpline under 1800 637 700.


IBD Medical was born in Sydney Australia. Our mission is to help improve the lives of people living with diabetes by providing the best possible support products and information. 

Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.  

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