The coronavirus has affected millions of people around the world. According to studies, 25% of hospitalised persons with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes. Those with diabetes are more likely to have serious complications and eventually die from the virus. One reason is that high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections.
About COVID – 19
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with this virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.
Tips to avoid infection
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub
- Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Stay home if you feel unwell
- Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs
- Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people
- Pay extra attention to your glucose control. Regular monitoring can help to avoid complications caused by high or low blood glucose
- If you do show flu-like symptoms (raised temperature, cough, difficulty breathing), it is important to consult a healthcare professional
Keep on eating healthy meal and exercise
Healthy nutrition is an essential component of diabetes management. It is therefore important for people with diabetes to continue to eat a varied and balanced diet to keep their blood glucose levels stable and enhance their immune system. It is also recommended to practise 30 min exercise per day to remain fit.