COVID-19 & Diabetes

When it comes to infections, both diabetes type 1 and type 2 can increase your risk of contracting COVID-19.  Hyperglycemia may cause a dysfunction of your immune response, which results in failure to control the spread of invading pathogens makes you more susceptible to infections.  Currently there is no specific treatment for or vaccine to prevent COVID-19.  The best way to prevent ill ness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  Other things that you can do to prepare for COVID-19:

  • Stock up on Supplies.
  • Refill medications early.
  • Understand how to manage your blood sugar.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick.
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid crowds and people who are sick.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
  • If someone in your home is sick, have them stay away from the rest of the household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in your home.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as cups and towels.
  • Strong emotions can be harmful to your health. Please reach out to our counselor so that she can take steps to help you cope with stress and anxiety.