By now, we are all familiar with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus. This ‘novel’ virus, (meaning it is a new virus that no one has any anti-bodies or immunity to help minimize the severity of how it might affect us), has more impact on those who may be older in age or already be living with a chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, etc.). The virus can cause people to develop mild to severe symptoms including a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing, very similar to the common cold and ‘flu’.
Be prepared for illness should you be exposed, similar to how you would manage a bout of the flu. Illness typically causes blood sugars to rise so if you take insulin, make necessary adjustments as required, and increase the frequency of checking your blood sugar if you feel unwell. Review your sick-day management strategies for how to manage your other medications if you become dehydrated or are unable to keep food and fluids down.
Take Steps to Be Prepared:
Take Steps to Prevent Transmission:
Please visit the following links for more information:
Diabetes Canada - includes links to Health Canada’s advice regarding COVID-19 precautions
Diabetes Research Institute
If you are feeling sick:
The goal of current strategies in place by the government and healthcare are designed to contain the spread of the virus to ensure that those who may require hospitalization will have access to the care they need.