For people with type I and type II diabetes, becoming infected with COVID-19 may have more serious outcomes than people without diabetes. Below are tips for staying healthy and what to do if you get sick.
For people with well-managed diabetes, the risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is the same as the general public. Individuals who have diabetes with fluctuating blood sugar levels, or other chronic health conditions like heart disease, are at high risk for getting seriously ill if they contract COVID-19.
Use similar precautions to seasonal flu precautions. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds many times per day. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Wear a face mask if you are ill. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day.
CALLING THE DOCTOR
Call your doctor if you have a fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Make sure you have your glucose reading, ketone reading, and know how much fluid you’ve had to drink. Ask how to manage your diabetes.
Get medical attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion or are unable to arouse, or have bluish lips or face.
PREVENT THE SPREAD
Family members should wash their hands before feeding or caring for people with diabetes, and if possible, people with diabetes should be given a protected area inside the home. Ill family members should stay in a separate room with the door closed.
ACCESS TO SUPPLIES
At this time, manufacturers are still able to manufacture and distribute insulin and other supplies without disruption. Visit the American Diabetes Association website for up-to-date information. If you have trouble paying for insulin, visit InsulinHelp.org.
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