Coronavirus has many healthy people around the world worried. But what about those who are at a higher risk, including those with diabetes? It’s critical that regardless of your pre-existing medical conditions, you stay calm and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization regarding the pandemic.If you're a diabetic and you are worried about the novel #coronavirus, here are some tips to stay healthy during the outbreak. #COVID19 #Diabetes Click To Tweet
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as the coronavirus or COVID-19 is dominating the headlines on a global scale. The serious condition is causing patients to fall ill. While the threat is scary, health officials are continuing to monitor the situation while offering the latest advice for those with heart disease and diabetes.
Know Your Risk
Currently, there is no evidence that suggests diabetics are more likely to contract COVID-19. However, the CDC has determined that the coronavirus is a public health threat. Older adults and people with significant chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at a higher risk of experiencing complications and getting hospitalized from contracting the disease.
Practice Good Hygiene & Social Distancing
Now, more than ever, it’s critical to wash your hands throughout the day and cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough. If you can stay home and limit social contact, that is even better. Protect yourself through good hygiene and call ahead before visiting your doctor.
Pro Tip: As the current health crisis increases, we have to decrease the spread and flatten the curve together as a community by only leaving the house when it’s absolutely necessary.
Manage Your Mental Health
As we navigate through COVID-19, managing your mental health is just as important as managing your diabetes. With limited human interaction, you may feel isolated and alone. It’s essential to be aware and present with your mind and feelings because your mind and body are interconnected. While staying informed is necessary, it might help to unplug and disconnect from social media and news outlets.
Establishing a daily routine is also a critical component to helping your mind and body feel better. This includes a normal eating habit, exercises (whether that’s inside or going on a walk for some fresh air), and other activities so that you aren’t constantly consumed with the TV or cell phone. If you need to talk to a therapist, call your doctor– many healthcare providers are offering virtual appointments. All of these steps are necessary to keep your mental health in check while managing your diabetes through this difficult time.
As a diabetes patient, you are at a higher risk for serious complications if you contract the virus. That’s why it’s critical for you to follow the guidelines by doctors and health experts around the world. Don’t fall prey to the COVID-19 myths floating around the internet and try not to panic. Take this time to enjoy the quiet time and escape from the typical hustle and bustle. Above all, take care of yourself. Questions about coronavirus and diabetes? Connect with our team of healthcare experts to discuss any inquiries you may have.