No one wants to get COVID-19. This disease does not spare anyone, but people with type 1 and 2 diabetes must follow all the rules carefully to protect themselves from this disease. The consequences of coronavirus infection for people with diabetes can be very sad.
According to the World Health Organization, people with diabetes are at risk for coronavirus complications.
But according to representatives of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), diabetes is not a cause of mild infection with COVID-19, it only contributes to complications after infection. People who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not cope well with the infection, which can even lead to death. These people do not have enough resources to fight the coronavirus.
According to statistics, in China mortality from coronavirus among people with diabetes was much higher than people with optimal health.
Also, the study confirmed that both types 1 and 2 diabetes have the same chance of developing complications from COVID-19.
We do not make you panic, but simply try to warn against excessive carelessness. You should be more careful if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization, and we have put together the recommendations of doctors to help you get over the pandemic.
Follow the general guidelines.
Like all people, you must adhere to general rules, such as avoiding contact with other people, wearing masks, washing hands, using hand sanitizers, not going out without urgent need, and calling your doctor at the first sign of illness or a cold.
If you are older than 60, then follow the rules that establish a special regime for people of a certain age category. These rules are designed to provide maximum safety for people who are at increased risk of contracting a virus.
Disinfect household items.
You have to wash your hands even at home. Wash your hands thoroughly before taking diabetes medication or insulin injection. It is important not to forget to sanitize the areas of the body of where you are injecting. Wipe the packaging with the disinfectant.
You must have all the necessary medicines for the future.
You must take care that you have at home all the necessary medicine that you use every day. Also, you should have additional medications if you experience an attack of a sharp increase in sugar. If you are an insulin-dependent patient, then you must be sure that there are additional injections that may be needed shortly. Try to find out how you can get additional drugs for diabetics in your area.
The World Health Organization recommends that people with diabetes have a supply of drugs for a month in advance. This will help them to be psychologically calm and confident that in cases of impossibility of delivery of drugs, they have everything they need at home.
Follow a healthy regimen.
Even if you do not have the opportunity to go to the gym and walk in the park, this does not mean that you can sit on the couch for a day and go only to the refrigerator. You should move a lot. Open the Internet and find workouts for your level. Do house cleaning or play active games with your family members. Also, you should have the necessary supply of products that increase your immunity. Proper nutrition and movement will help you maintain your level of health.
Of course, do not forget about sleep mode. You should go to bed no later than 11 pm and sleep for 7-8 hours.
Become a member of an online community of people who are in the same conditions as you. So you can support each other, seek advice, or share experiences. The psychological aspect of life is very important for a healthy lifestyle, and without support, it will be difficult for you to cope with your worries and fears.