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A Message from the AADI / Asian Clinic Regarding COVID-19 for Asian people with Diabetes

This message is available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Dear patients of the Joslin's Asian Clinic and friends of the AADI,

We hope that wherever you are, you and your loved ones are staying safe during this challenging time with the COVID-19 viral pandemic. As with many hospitals and service providers, we are taking extra measurements to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers, and staff.

People with diabetes are severely affected by COVID-19, 30-40 % of the hospitalized people with COVID-19 infection have diabete. This increased risk is even higher if you have high blood pressure and are overweight, as reported both in China, Europe and US. It is crucial for you to take extra efforts for  diabetes management in order avoid contracting the infection and for your body to fight the infection if you are exposed by doing the following:

Follow the recommendations for safe practices strictly:
Stay away from others by 6 ft  or 1.8 meters.
Wash your hands frequently  and wear masks when going outside.

Additionally, take care of your diabetes very very carefully:

  • Check your glucose at least 2 times a day
  • Take all your medications, eat anti-inflammatory foods such as vegetables, fish and avoid red meat
  • Exercise for 20-30 min each day. Make your heart rate go up and allow you to breathe deeply when you do the activities
  • Decrease stress by mediations and sleep at least 7-8 hours/day.
  • Contact us  if you have questions about your diabetes  care (see below for more information

We have created FAQs on self care and put together some resources that are relevant to Asian communities (patients, their caregivers, family, and community members). Please share the following information with anyone who may be interested. 

Along with all the clinic services provided at Joslin, the Asian Clinic has shifted to a remote model of patient care with very limited in-person, “urgent care” appointments. If you need to reach Joslin's Asian Clinic for medication refills or questions regarding your blood sugar, please call 617-309-3444 and leave a message with your name and phone number or reach us via email Asian Clinic Coordinator:  julia.li@joslin.harvard.edu

Information in different Asian languages are available - please check “3. National and Local resources” below.

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