Diabetes and covid-19

I am a long-standing diabetic who is under control with diets and drugs. Kindly let me know why Diabetics are said to be susceptible to COVID-19 and what can I do to protect myself.

Ajayi (by SMS)

 

Early studies have shown that about 25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes. Those with diabetes were more likely to have serious complications and to die from the virus. One reason is that high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections. Although the risk of the diabetic catching the virus isn’t higher than anyone else’s, but they could have worse complications if they get sick. That’ especially true if the diabetes isn’t well-controlled. To reduce your chance of getting infected: Keep your distance from other people, use good hygiene, keep your blood sugar under control and have a plan in place in case you get sick. Also wash your hands before you give yourself a finger stick or insulin shot. Clean each site first with soap and water or by rubbing alcohol.

 

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