Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that individuals with diabetes and/or underlying health conditions have a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms and complications if infected with COVID-19.
At this time, there is no concrete data around the likelihood of individuals with diabetes being more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. However, the risk is likely to be lower if diabetes is well-managed.
Protect yourself from COVID-19 by following these standard precautions:
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your face, nose and eyes
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces
Individuals with underlying health conditions, including diabetes, should take extra precautions to protect themselves by practicing the following:
- Social distancing
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces
- Have at least a month’s worth of medication and testing supplies on hand
- Keep the phone numbers for your physician and pharmacy handy.
- Maintain a list of medications you take regularly
If you do contract COVID-19, follow these tips on how to manage any potential complications.
- Call your physician immediately and have the following information available:
- Glucose and ketone reading levels
- Record of your fluid consumption
- List of your symptoms
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Check your blood sugar frequently
- Eat simple carbs like honey, Jell-O or popsicles if your blood sugar levels drop too low
- If your blood sugar is too high, more than twice in a row check for ketones to avoid diabetic ketoacidosis
- Talk to your doctor about extra insulin
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure
- Confusion or inability to awaken
- Discoloration of face or lips