COVID-19 cases continue to rise and people with underlying health conditions like diabetes are more likely to become seriously ill when contracting the virus. And, if you have diabetes coupled with other health challenges you’re at an even greater risk. Since November is National Diabetes Month it’s important to share the most recent research provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As you already may know, being diabetic does not make a person more susceptible to COVID-19, but it can create worse complications than others with no underlying conditions.
Although scientists continue to monitor how certain conditions affect patients with the coronavirus differently, the CDC website indicates that people with Type 1 diabetes “might be at increased risk” and Type 2 “are at increased risk” of severe illness from COVID-19.
The CDC recommends the following actions for diabetics:
- Make sure that you have at least a 30-day supply of your diabetes medicines, including insulin.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions if you are feeling ill as well as the CDC’s sick day tips for people with diabetes.
- Call your primary care doctor if you feel sick or have concerns about your condition.
- If you don’t have a healthcare provider, contact your nearest community health center or health department.
Regardless of your type of diabetes – or even if you’re not diabetic – it’s incredibly important that you take the coronavirus seriously. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep socially distanced.
My team and I are here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (828) 631-3283 or make an appointment online.
David McGuire, DDS