The American Diabetes Associations and the Centers for Disease Control reminds us that COVID-19 poses major concerns for persons living with diabetes and having an uncontrolled blood glucose may increase the risk of developing severe illness from coronavirus. This does NOT mean a greater chance of contracting the virus.
The VIDCOE recommends the following for persons living with diabetes:
- Refill prescriptions and always have enough insulin on hand for at least two weeks, in the event of illness and/or quarantine
- Be prepared with ample household items and groceries
- Use telehealth or telemedicine for regular consultations with your healthcare provider when possible
- If you’re experiencing shortness of breath, cough or fever, have traveled to infected regions, or have had known or suspected contact with the virus – call your primary care physician. If you’re not well and have a previously scheduled doctor’s appointment – call first rather than showing up where you might expose other people.
- Putting together a diabetes emergency kit and having a plan in place will help people living with diabetes effectively manage blood sugar during any emergency situation or unexpected natural disaster.