Coronavirus and Diabetes

This mini-topic is primarily aimed at supporting healthcare staff provide first-line advice and support to people living with all types of diabetes during these challenging COVID-19 times.

Early evidence indicates that some people are extremely vulnerable to becoming severely unwell with COVID-19 and need to be shielded by staying at home at all times for at least 12 weeks. These people include:

  • pregnant women with serious heart conditions,
  • people with weak immunities or on immunosuppressant therapies (such as those living with whole organ transplants, cancers, HIV, etc.) and
  • people living with existing medical conditions (such as rare diseases/inborn errors of metabolism, severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, COPD, etc.)

Others, such as older people (above the age of 70 years) and those living with long-term medical conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.) are also at an increased risk of becoming more unwell if infected, but not to the same degree as those mentioned above. They are encouraged to be vigilant and follow the 'stay at home' advice given to the general population.

When unwell, people living with diabetes will need to manage their symptoms as well as their blood glucose levels by following sick day rules (appropriate to the type of diabetes and their diabetes treatment) to prevent potentially life-threatening diabetes-related complications from occurring.

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    • The topic only takes ± 20 minutes to complete.
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PLEASE NOTE: This topic is updated frequently as the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving... last updated: 09.04.2020