What You Should Know
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and people with diabetes fall into a higher-risk category when it comes to COVID-19.
The American Diabetes Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have shared important coronavirus information that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics should know.
Although being diabetic does not make a person more susceptible to COVID-19, it can create worse complications if infected by the virus. According https://www.afcurgentcare.com/patient-services/family-care/, other health challenges coupled with diabetes and older age produce an even greater risk.
Scientists are continuing to explore how certain conditions affect the severity of a patient’s symptoms. The CDC website indicates that people with Type 2 diabetes “are at increased risk” and Type 1 or gestational diabetes “might be at increased risk” of severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends the following:
- Have at least a 30-day supply of your diabetes medicines, including insulin.
- Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick or have concerns about your health.
- If you are feeling ill, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions as well as the CDC’s sick day tips for people with diabetes.
- Contact your nearest community health center if you don’t have a healthcare provider,
Even if you’re not diabetic, it’s incredibly important that you take the coronavirus seriously. Keep wearing your mask, stand at a social distance of at least six feet, and wash your hands!
My team and I are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (312) 943-6444 or make an appointment online.
Ramy Bahu, DDS