COVID-19: The Latest | Indiana
Everything you need to know in one place. Stay updated on all the latest COVID-19 news as it impacts those with lupus from resources, news, and programming. We will be keeping you updated and provide virtual programming to get you through these unprecedented times. You are not alone.
We know how difficult these unprecedented times are for all of you living with lupus and your loved ones. We are committed to walking by your side every step of the way. We will use this page, social media and emails to keep in constant contact. In times like this, it is even more important than ever that we come together as a community. We are working on developing virtual programs and content to keep everyone informed, connected, and even having some fun while relieving some stress and loneliness through these difficult times. If you need answers, we will do our best to be here to provide them. Things are changing all around us but one thing that will remain the same, together we will get through it.
We are here. Always.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Lupus FAQs
Most common COVID-19 vaccine questions received and answered by our LFA health education specialists. FAQs
National LFA: Coronavirus and Lupus
Are People with Lupus Taking Hydroxychloroquine Protected Against COVID-19?
There is no evidence that taking hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is effective in preventing a person from contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the blog from the LFA.
Tips for Refilling Your Hydroxychloquine (Plaquenil) Prescription
Here are some tips on what to do if you have a prescription for hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine.
Coronavirus Update: Access to Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for People with Lupus
Joint Statement From the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Licensing Board provide guidance to prescribers and pharmacists relating to hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and azithromycin for prophylactic purposes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (4/1/20)
What the Coronavirus Means for People with Lupus
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization
Indiana State Government and Indiana State Department of Health Information and Resources
Joint Statement From the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Licensing Board
The Indiana Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Licensing Board provide guidance to prescribers and pharmacists relating to hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and azithromycin for prophylactic purposes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the Joint Statement (4/1/20)
Zoom Meeting: COVID-19 and You
Zoom Meeting: Join David Batt, MD, Indiana University Health Rheumatology, as he talks about living with lupus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know these are scary times but please also know you are not alone. Although our in-person support groups are suspended until further notice, we are looking for a platform to provide support groups with an option for meeting virtually.
LupusConnect is a great resource for an online lupus community where individuals with lupus and their loved ones can engage with others like them to share experiences, find emotional support and discuss practical insights for coping with the daily challenges of the disease.
Ask the Experts Teleconferences
Don't miss the opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home. Not only can you participate in upcoming teleconferences, but you can access all of the previous teleconferences.
The Experts Series
The Expert Series is an educational podcast series featuring leading lupus experts with a focus on helping you live well with lupus.
Take Charge is a weekly education email series for people with lupus, including those recently diagnosed. Each week for 12 weeks, you'll get an email from our Health Educators with tips and resources that can empower you to take charge of your health.
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Virus Anxiety provides resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.
Medicare to Cover Telehealth Costs During Coronavirus Pandemic
National and Indiana Helpful Resources
The Lupus Foundation of America is aware of the potential use of hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and chloroquine (Aralen) for the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that these drugs may be in high demand in the coming weeks. If you take Plaquenil and have not already done so, we strongly recommend that you get a 90-day supply to avoid the possibility of shortages. Due to the national emergency, most health insurance plans are authorizing early refills. If it comes up as 'refill too soon" when you try to refill your prescription, patients should ask the pharmacist for an override and it should be approved.
Some pharmacies like CVS are offering free delivery of prescriptions and everyday essentials.
Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for Those Most At-Risk
Some stores are offering special shopping hours for elderly and those at-risk like lupus patients. Check out stores near you and their policies and take advantage of this opportunity to lower your risk. .
Food and Restaurant Delivery
Some grocery stores offer delivery or curbside pickup. Other options are online stores like Amazon Fresh and Peapod.
Delivery companies like GrubHub, Postmates and UberEats are offering no-contact delivery to your home from your favorite restaurants. Some are even offering free delivery.
Host a Virtual Movie Night with Friends and Family
Netflix Party is a gathering of a groups of friends or family where you can get together virtually and watch your favorite Netflix titles on your computers at the same time. Grab your popcorn and enjoy movie night! The extension also comes with a chat room, so you can share your reactions to the programs as you watch.
33 National Park Tours You Can Explore Virtually
Here are 33 National Park Tours you can take virtually from your home.
Take a Tour of Museums Around the World From Home
Virtual-Reality Tours of Some of the Country's Coolest Places From Your Couch
Audiobooks (Free 30-Day Trial)
Keep (or Get) Fit While at Home
Get in the Right Headspace Through Meditation and Yoga
With masses of people stuck at home amid coronavirus, the popular meditation and mindfulness app, Headspace, is offering free content to help manage stress and anxiety.
You can also join our Facebook Live meditation and yoga classes that meet at 7:00-7:45 pm as follows:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month - Gentle yoga
3rd Tuesday of the month - Mindful meditation
Yoga and Meditation for Kids
Have an Astronaut in Space Ready Your Children (and You) a Book
Story Time from Space - While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth.
At-Home Learning Resources to Keep Kids Learning (and Occupied)
20 Screen-Free Things to do with Your Kids Indoors When School is Closed
Staying indoors to keep safe and healthy is imperative but it doesn’t have to be boring or detrimental. After your children have finished with their e-learning tasks, click here to see what you could do with them.
Take a Virtual Trip to a Zoo or Aquarium
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is working on bringing the museum to YOU!