What Does COVID-19 Mean for People With Diabetes?

By now, you’re probably familiar with how the country is coming to grips with COVID-19. It’s especially concerning for older adults and people with serious or chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes. Patient engagement has become even more critical as people are now isolated, overwhelmed, and need support for basic life needs.

As a company that specializes in enabling people with Type 2 diabetes to manage their blood sugar levels and insulin use, especially when they can’t see their doctor, we want you to stay informed, and stay safe.

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with Type 2 diabetes don’t have a greater chance of contracting the virus, rather they face potentially worse outcomes. Here at Hygieia, we’ve closed our clinic operations to help stem the spread. We are providing our clinical support virtually by phone, email and text weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. If you are using the d-Nav Insulin Management System, don’t stop. Our technology will continue providing you recommended insulin doses just as it always does.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and follow the recommendations of the ADA, the CDC, and authorities in your region. Here’s some helpful information.

KNOW HOW IT SPREADS

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person.

PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Residents of the state of Michigan are now under a state-wide stay-at-home order. For more information on what this means, visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • No soap? Use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover both sides of your hands.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • During the stay-at-home order, you’re still allowed to take walks outside, but maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people when you do so.

PROTECT OTHERS

  • Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash/sanitize your hands.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask. Learn more here.
  • If you are NOT sick, no facemask is needed.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Learn more from the CDC about protecting yourself and others.

Learn more from the ADA about how to be prepared BEFORE you get sick.

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