As time passes, we are learning more about the long and short term side effects of COVID-19.
Epidemiological data has shown that diabetes could result after an acute illness such as influenza.
When the immune system is compromised due to illness, this could impact how the body responds such as insulin production and blood sugar levels; and further beg the question, could diabetes become a side effect of the COVID-19 virus?
What is COVID-19?
Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered strain of the corona virus.
Detected as recently as October 2019, it has spread globally in months while putting economies into a recession, causing many to fall ill and even costing lives.
The disease can be easily transmitted from inhaling droplets in the air generated from an infected person sneezing, coughing, exhaling; or by touching a surface that has been contaminated and then touching your nose, eyes or mouth with unwashed hands.
As time passes we continue to learn more about how the virus affects us, how to prevent infection, why vaccination matters and newly created variants.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Some people are considered asymptomatic. So they may not show any symptoms yet can still act as carriers and pass the virus onto others.
For those infected with COVID-19, symptoms typically begin gradually and worsen. These symptoms include:
- Dry Cough
- Difficulty Breathing
- Aches & Pains
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
80% typically recover from the disease. However, some reports have shown that 1 in 6 experience severe symptoms that may require hospitalization due to difficulty breathing.
How Covid-19 Affects those with Diabetes
Despite your chances of catching COVID-19 being the same as anyone else, if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes you should be extra