Coronavirus / Covid19 Information

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Josh DUK

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The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock has launched an expanded public health awareness campaign on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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It urges people to wash their hands more often for 20 seconds. You can find their campaign on their social media channels below.
 

Eddy Edson

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Apart from diabetes with which I was diagnosed about 8 years ago I am fit, not overweight and walk our dogs 2 miles every day. I take 1 or 2 metformin tablets per day. I am 79.

Reading between the lines of what Diabetes UK has put out it sounds as if the most vulnerable to Coronavirus are type 1. Why would somebody like me be more vulnerable than anybody else of my age in good health?
Don't think there's enough data to really say. The Chinese studies so far haven't looked at eg HbA1c, BG control etc as independent risk factors - there's just a broad "diabetes" category showing elevated risk.

High blood pressure and existing CV diease are other risk factors so I guess it's likely that keeping BP under control and doing the usual CV-health things will reduce risk, whatever yr diabetes status.

EDIT: This is what the American Diabetes Association has to say


In general, we don’t know of any reason to think COVID-19 will pose a difference in risk between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. More important is that people with either type of diabetes vary in their age, complications and how well they have been managing their diabetes. People who already have diabetes-related health problems are likely to have worse outcomes if they contract COVID-19 than people with diabetes who are otherwise healthy, whichever type of diabetes they have.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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We have had a flurry of threads about Coronavirus recently, and several new members have joined specifically looking for information.

It seemed helpful to gather some of the links and resources that people have been posting into one place for ease of reference.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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This page on the Diabetes UK website has information specifically for people with diabetes

 

Eddy Edson

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Mod edit: Scientific post aimed at HCPs/researchers mainly about high blood pressure and covid19.

...the data/studies so far don't really have the detail or power to say how much extra risk you get from age, high BP, diabetes, CV disease, high BG etc etc independently. A lot of these are correlated.

This is an ongoing review of what is/isn't known for some of these aspects: http://www.nephjc.com/news/covidace2
 
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everydayupsanddowns

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12 week quarantine.
Once the full implications of tonight’s recommendations have been announced I will post something here. Hopefully later tonight.

Edit: the recommended 12 week quarantine seems to relate more to people affected by cancer, organ transplant, dialysis etc detailed below.
 
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Here is a link to the official version of the updated guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
 
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What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:
  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
  • washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
 
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Eddy Edson

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I think this bit is new:

In general, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with a virus. If diabetes is well-managed, the risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 is about the same as the general population.

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. Having heart disease or other complications in addition to diabetes could worsen the chance of getting seriously ill from COVID-19, like other viral infections, because your body’s ability to fight off an infection is compromised.

Viral infections can also increase inflammation, or internal swelling, in people with diabetes. This is also caused by above-target blood sugars, and both could contribute to more severe complications.

When sick with a viral infection, people with diabetes do face an increased risk of DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), commonly experienced by people with type 1 diabetes. DKA can make it challenging to manage your fluid intake and electrolyte levels—which is important in managing sepsis. Sepsis and septic shock are some of the more serious complications that some people with COVID-19 have experienced.
 
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everydayupsanddowns

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Short video update posted yesterday (Sunday 22nd) by Dr Partha Kar (diabetes consultant and diabetes lead in NHS England) clarifying that people with diabetes are NOT on the list who are currentlyinsfeicted to self isolate.

People with diabetes should carefully follow the ‘social isolation’ guidelines above.

 

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New website (launching soon) where people who are extremely vulnerable (not just diabetes, but extra complicating factors) and who have been recommended to self-isolate can register to receive help with shopping, medicine supply etc.

 

everydayupsanddowns

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Restrictions on being in public
Looks like the suggestions/rules around being in public are being substantially tightened (not really a surprise after the excesses of last weekend! Updates will be posted here when they have been clarified.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Here is the official write-up of the new restrictions on movement announced tonight.


The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.​
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.​
  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.​
 

Josh DUK

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Diabetes UK- Staying at home and managing your diabetes

We’ve put together these tips to support you in keeping well and managing diabetes while you’re at home, whether you're self-isolating or know someone who is.

We know that this advice may mean you have to completely change your way of life, and we know that may be daunting. We want you to know that we’re right here with you at this difficult time. Click on the link below for additional information:

 
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