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COVID-19 Update

In less than one month since my last blog about COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019), the situation around this disease has evolved rapidly and nobody is sure when this pandemic will end. Not only has the virus spread quickly across the world, but panic has spread as well.

It is impossible to listen to the news without hearing updates about the “Coronavirus” (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19. You can find daily tallies of cases in your city, state, country, and globally. Like many other states, the state of Colorado has taken actions to prevent further spread of the virus. In Colorado, all non-essential businesses have been forced to close their doors, many people must work from home, and citizens have been instructed to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to leave for work, food, exercise, or for obtaining medications and medical supplies.

Rest assured; pharmacies will remain open throughout this crisis.

Keeping yourself well over the next several months is more important than ever. Taking care of yourself includes taking your medications regularly. This is especially true for those with any health conditions that weaken the immune system and put you at additional risk for the more serious complications of COVID-19, like hospitalization or death. While there are concerns for potential drug shortages due to international suppliers, the situation is being closely monitored and may not impact you.

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The tips listed below can help you manage your medicines during this time.

  1. Keep track of which medicines you are beginning to run low on
  2. Plan ahead to maintain your personal medication supply
  3. Check to make sure you have available refills on your prescriptions

 

 If you don’t have refills available, ask your pharmacy to send a refill request to your doctor

• Don’t wait until the last minute to refill your medication

If the pharmacy does not have your medicine in stock, it may need to be ordered or filled at a different pharmacy

  1. Check with your pharmacy to see if you are eligible to fill a 90-day supply of your prescription, which will reduce the number of trips you’ll take to the pharmacy
  2. This often depends on if your pharmacy policies, insurance, and available refills

It is important to stay home and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Find a balance between keeping yourself informed and becoming overwhelmed or stressed by the news of this pandemic. If you are looking for updates about COVID-19, make sure to get them from reliable sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Don’t forget to take care of yourself mentally and physically. Importantly, be proactive about maintaining your personal medication supply to avoid running out of medicine.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or increasingly stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC has written about managing stress and anxiety here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

About Dr. Andrea M. Jones

Dr. Andrea M. Jones graduated from the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy. Dr. Jones completed post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) in Tucson, Arizona, where she worked in multiple hospital and primary care clinic settings. She completed numerous projects like research, hospital-wide publications, and formal education presentations. Dr. Jones also worked in retail/community pharmacies for over 5 years during Undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky and pharmacy school at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jones enjoy helping people access their medications and assist them in understanding their disease and medications. She feels passionate about managing chronic diseases (like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, COPD, etc.) with both lifestyle and medications because they are the most common diseases. Some of these medical conditions are preventable; proper education and treatment can reduce hospital stays and even lead to a longer life.