Coronavirus & Quarantine: Food Tips & Resources
Mar 16, 2020
I hope you are staying healthy and staying sane during this crazy new pandemic world we are living in.
I have been gathering resources and compiling them to share with you about coronavirus disease related to food, nutrition and health – everything from stocking up your kitchen, trying to eat healthy and keep up with basic self-care such as getting exercise and adequate sleep, to making sure you have enough prescription and over the counter medications and supplies, and to beware of scams involving false claims about foods and supplements that can cure or prevent the disease – you know those “immune boosting” claims that go beyond just normal, healthy eating recommendations.
As a dietitian I’m especially concerned about those who are food insecure or at risk of food insecurity so I have some information about food assistance programs and ask that if you are in a position to help those in need that you please do so – by donating food or money or time (if it’s possible to volunteer but keeping social distancing in mind).
As a diabetes care and education specialist I’m also concerned about people with diabetes. While they are NOT at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, they are far more likely to face serious complications and even death from the disease. Medications, supplies and sick day management are incredibly important during this time of uncertainty.
I realize there’s a lot of information out there right now and everyone is feeling overwhelmed and bombarded but here are some links to credible and helpful articles, videos and other resources from some of my dietitian colleagues, from the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (formerly AADE) and from the CDC.
Take care and stay healthy!
COVID-19 – What You Need to Know – Centers for Disease Control
Can You Boost Your Immunity with Food? – The Seattle Times, Carrie Dennett
Can You Prevent Coronavirus with Food or Supplements? – Abby Langer
Pantry Stock Up Checklist – Mandy Enright
Coronavirus Quarantine: How to Prepare – Video – Mandy Enright
Stock Up, Stay Calm, and Carry On – Rust Nutrition Services
Pantry Essentials Guide – Rebecca Clyde
Grocery Shopping During Coronavirus – blog post by Abby Langer
Hurricane-Ready Cookbook – Florida State University
Find Your Local Food Bank – Feeding America
COVID-19 – American Diabetes Association
Emergency preparedness during the coronavirus spread – Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (formerly AADE)
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