Diabetes and COVID-19

Q: Are people with diabetes more likely to get COVID-19?

A: We don’t know enough to confirm if Diabetics are at higher risk to get COVID-19 than the general population. However, from what we have learned from the limited data available is that people with diabetes have much higher rates of serious complications and death than people without diabetes. we believe that conditions like diabetes and heart disease predispose to a higher chance of getting serious complications from COVID-19.

Q: Do people with diabetes have a higher chance of experiencing serious complications from COVID-19?

A: People with diabetes do have a higher chance of experiencing serious complications from COVID-19. In general, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications with any infection.

Your risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 is likely to be lower if your diabetes is well-managed. When people with diabetes do not manage their diabetes well and experience fluctuating blood sugars, they are generally at risk for a number of diabetes-related complications. because your body’s ability to fight off an infection is compromised.

Q: Does COVID-19 cause diabetes?

A: We don’t yet have evidence as to whether COVID-19 contributes to the onset of diabetes.

Q: Does COVID-19 predispose to DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis)?

A: When sick with a viral infection, people with diabetes do face an increased risk of DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis).

DKA can make it challenging to manage your fluid intake and electrolyte level and controlling the pneumonia and sepsis that most of these patients have.

Q: Is COVID-19 different from the seasonal flu?

A: COVID-19 is more serious illness than seasonal flu in everyone, including people with diabetes. All of the standard precautions to avoid infection that you take for flu should also be taken for COVID-19.

It is recommended to follow CDC guidelines for prevention of COVID-19.

Q: What are some of the symptoms of COVID-19.


Common symptoms for COVID-19 include:


-Shortness of breath


-Loss of taste & small

-Sore throat


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you must contact your doctor for further instruction and try to quarantine yourself to avoid any spread of infection to your family and friends.

Q: What should I do if someone in my household has the virus?


 -If someone in the household is infected with the virus, Person infected must be asked to stay in a separate room if possible.

-Person must not share any items like utensils, bed sheets, towels etc. with the rest of the household members.

-Person caring for the sick person must wash their hands frequently.

-Have only one family member care for the infected person to minimize exposure.

-Consider providing additional protections or more intensive care for household members over 65 years old or those with underlying health conditions.

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