Coronavirus and diabetes

What you should do you as a diabetic?

As a diabetic you are really at high risk for coronavirus so basically what you need to do is stay away from the public areas that you have close contact with people.

The hand washing techniques are very important as well if you are just washing the palm of your hand and you are avoiding the back of your hand that may be a problem so try to pay attention to wash your hands thoroughly and try to disinfect the areas that other people may be touching.

Especially in metro areas where there’s a lot of traffic and try to keep a distance from other people who especially may have signs of sickness. So if you can try to keep your personal hygiene and trying to keep yourself away from people, especially people that you do not know, that may be a good step.

COVID-19 can be contagious even when patients are asymptomatic and then you may end up getting symptoms 2 to 14 days after exposure. If you do get it you need to first:

  • self-quarantine yourself
  • make sure that you do not go to work
  • make sure that you do not go outside your house, unless it’s absolutely necessary
  • make sure you wear a mask.

Tight-fitting masks are generally more helpful but also the contact can happen through the eyes as well so you have to pay attention to wearing some eye protection. Note, you do not need to wear a mask and eye protection just to try to get protected from the disease but if you have it you should wear it so that you do not infect other people.

Also, it is more recommended staying isolated so you do not really have any contact with other people again this disease spreads very quickly it tends to affect people with chronic conditions like diabetes. There’s a result if you have diabetes you may be at high risk of getting the disease.

Now if you have travel plans It’s recommended postponing those plans at least until this problem goes away. It may not happen in the next few months so maybe delay your travel plans for at least around six months or so to be on the safe side.

Do not go into public places where a lot of people cluster together since you cannot really avoid staying away from people coughing and sneezing and so forth the symptoms are generally coughing it could be fever and if you have a fever you will really feel rundown and it’s going to feel like flu and the symptoms of coronavirus actually is worse than the flu and the death rate is more than the flu. You should isolate yourself and if its possible, get tested for a coronavirus.

If you’re a patient with diabetes your priority is to avoid getting a disease and if you do have a disease, make sure you stay at home, hydrate yourself, make sure you rested, try not to work. And then if your symptoms get worse you start getting shortness of breath and productive cough and so forth you should definitely go to a hospital.

If you are running a fever that’s another indication for you to go to the hospital these things can go to your lungs can turn into pneumonia and can turn into septic shock and that’s how these people tend to die from coronavirus. The people with diabetes and other chronic health conditions have suppressed immune system and are more prone to be defeated to the coronavirus.

Don’t panic, just stay with pay attention to your hygiene. If you know somebody who had coronavirus and you had a contact with it may not be a bad idea at all to isolate yourself even if you’re not symptomatic at that time. One more thing, if you have diabetes and you have coronavirus your body will start creating a stress response, you may have a lot of internal steroids running in your system or your doctor may prescribe steroids whatever the reason it may be the stress in your body will cause high blood sugars for type 1 diabetics that means that you need to monitor your blood Sugar’s more often.

Monitor your ketones if your blood sugars are running high and stay hydrated that’s very important for patients with type 2 diabetes you still need to monitor your blood sugars and if it’s going high if you’re on insulin with type 2 diabetes you may want to use more insulin.

Consult with your doctor to see how much more insulin you may need. Again monitoring for ketones is necessary for type 2 if the blood Sugar’s are really high about 400-500 for type 1 diabetics 10 is above 250 blood sugar but for type 2 diabetics I think you just start monitoring your ketones if it is more than 400 500 and you should not be staying at 400 500 levels so please contact your endocrinologist or diabetes specialist to make sure that your blood Sugar’s under control immediately.

If you do not have a sliding scale insulin or any other medication that can bring your blood sugars down very quickly then and if you are not able to achieve your get your doctor on time you may want to go to ER before it’s too late as well.

Again remember when you are sick from any condition, doesn’t have to be coronavirus, your body may need more medication more insulin.

If you are on insulin in order to control your blood sugars and not everybody responds the same, if your appetite goes down so much that you don’t eat anything that may also cause low blood sugars.

Especially if you are on certain agents that can trigger a low blood sugar so the bottom line is monitoring more often at least four or five times a day, will give you at least an idea about where you’re standing in terms of your blood sugars.

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