May 29, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 across the world continues to grow with over 5.7 million cases and more than 356,000 deaths recorded as of May 28. As previously reported in Diabetes Voice, people living with chronic conditions like diabetes have been more vulnerable to the severe effects of the virus. Studies have shown that, depending on the global region, 20 to 50% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 had diabetes and the risk of death from the virus was found to be up to 50 per cent higher in people with diabetes, particularly older people with type 2 diabetes. These stark figures have emphasised the importance for people with diabetes to maintain their blood glucose levels at the recommended levels through medication, diet and physical activity.
In April, when the pandemic and restrictive measures put in place by Governments to curb its impact were at their peak in many countries, we asked people with diabetes to share their testimonies of how COVID-19 was affecting their daily lives. One month later and with many national authorities having partially lifted or reduced the precautionary restrictions, we followed-up with people living with or caring for people with diabetes in Europe, North America and the Middle-East to see how they were adapting to the changing circumstances.