What you need to know about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) if you have Diabetes
The CDC has determined that COVID-19 is a serious public health threat—and older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at higher risk of having serious complications related to the virus.
So far, there is no evidence that the risk of COVID-19 is different between patients with type 1 diabetes vs patients with type 2 diabetes.
People who already have diabetes-related complications (such as coronary artery disease or chronic kidney disease) are likely to have worse outcomes if they contract Corona COVID-19 than people with diabetes who are otherwise healthy.
If you have diabetes, you should take extra measures to reduce your risk of being exposed to the virus. This include:
- Follow the CDC, federal and local government guidelines in distancing yourself from other people to avoid contracting the disease.
- Wash your hands, avoid crowds and close contact with sick people. Reschedule your routine clinic visits and ask about telemedicine consultation with your health care providers.
- Make sure you have enough diabetes supply to last for few weeks. Contact your endocrinologist or primary care doctor if you need refills on your insulin, test strips or your other medications. If you can’t get to the pharmacy, find out about having your medications delivered.
- Have Extra supplies of glucagon and ketone strips, in case of lows and high blood sugar, especially if you have type 1 diabetes.
- Always carry extra amount of simple carbs like orange juice, honey, regular soda or popsicles to use in case of low blood sugar.
- For patients on the insulin pumps, make sure you have enough supplies (insulin vials, reservoirs, infusion sets, tubes, pods). Discuss back-up plans with your endocrinologist in case of pump failure or if you run out of your pump supplies. You should always have a stand-alone insulin in case of emergency.
- If you develop fever or become sick, alert your doctors, keep good hydration, and check your blood sugar more frequently. Let your health providers know if you test positive for ketones in the urine.
- If you have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Use the following website to find out the nearest COVID-19 test site
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 like shortness of breath, chest pain, or confusion get medical attention immediately.
American Diabetes Association (ADA)
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