CoronaVirus Vs. Diabetes : Risk Involved and How To Take Care of a Diabetic Patients
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some people are at higher risk of getting infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) and becoming severely ill, compared to others. Therefore, it is reasonable to be curious about how this virus can affect you or your loved ones, depending you’re your pre-existing body condition and age.
For example, having diabetes does not put you at a higher risk of getting coronavirus compared to the rest of the people. However, you are more likely to get severely ill when you contract the virus. A study of coronavirus infection cases in China showed that people with diabetes had a 7% death rate. People with diabetes experienced more complications and deaths compared to non-diabetics.
People with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, lung disorders were also more prone to becoming seriously ill from coronavirus. The study in China also revealed that older people are more susceptible to succumbing to covid.
A. Reasons for severe illness in diabetic patients with coronavirus
Being diabetic comes with complications that can worsen if one does not manage their condition well. Note, varying blood sugar levels in a person with diabetes makes their white blood cells weaker, and also, the white blood cells count does reduce. When the immune system is compromised, it becomes difficult to fight viral infections, including corona.
Secondly, people with diabetes can experience internal swelling or inflammation from viral infections like COVID-19. Also, having a viral infection increases the chances of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), particularly for type 1 diabetes. DKA can make you vulnerable to sepsis and septic shock because it makes it difficult for your body to control the fluid intake and regulate electrolyte.
B. Coronavirus Symptoms
Some of the coronavirus signs and symptoms you should watch out for include coughing, high body temperature, difficulty in breathing, and headache.
C. Precautions to lower coronavirus Effects Among diabetic Patients
It is vital to know how to take care of a diabetic patient to reduce their risk of getting coronavirus disease. These steps can ensure coronavirus prevention for you and your loved one with diabetes.
Therefore, you can have a kit somewhere with all this information and some supplies if you wish. Your sick-day package should make it clear that you have diabetes. This information will help to give you the right care when you need it. If you are taking care of a diabetic patient, this kit can help someone else provide them with care if you are not around.
D. Steps to take if you contract coronavirus
If you experience signs of coronavirus, you should call a doctor or the emergency teams in your area or country and explain your suspicions and how you are feeling. The healthcare practitioners will advise you on what to do.
If you have severe symptoms, you may be hospitalized. If advised to stay at home, you can use these tips to help you recover.
E. Emergency warning signs for diabetic people with coronavirus infection
There are various coronavirus symptoms in humans ranging from mild to severe. If you experience difficulty breathing, getting confused, continuous chest pain, or your lips and face turning blue, you should call a doctor immediately.
F. What you need to know if you have a diabetic relative
Taking good care of your diabetic relative will reduce their risk of getting coronavirus and improve their chances of fighting the infection if they get it. The guidelines discussed here will help you provide the care they need. Thus, it is vital to apply them and to check out for regular updates on the virus and its effect on diabetic people. Some of the reliable sites you can check out include the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
G. Advice to diabetic Patients In Reference to Coronavirus
Having diabetes makes you prone to severe illness if you get coronavirus. That is why you need to be armed with information on precautions to take to prevent coronavirus infection and transmission. You also need to know how to care for yourself or guide others in taking care of you if you get infected with corona.
If you have diabetes or are caring for a loved one with the condition, you cannot leave their health to chance. With coronavirus cases increasing daily, it’s vital to take precautions to ensure protection from the virus. The precautions include practicing social distancing, observing proper hygiene, stocking up on required supplies, and exercising. You should know when to seek medical assistance, such as when you suspect you have coronavirus or experience the emergency warning signs.
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.