Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for people living with type 1 diabetes

Global headlines are dominated by news about the novel coronavirus. We know that many people with type 1 diabetes want more information and may be concerned.

Below are some useful links and information about the virus and what people with type 1 diabetes need to know.

What is it?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory illnesses. Most of them cause illness in animals, but seven known types of coronaviruses cause illness in humans. SARS-CoV-2 is one of those viruses – it causes the illness COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 have exhibited mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, coughing and shortness of breath. According to the WHO, some people may experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea – though these symptoms usually develop gradually after the onset of the illness.

What actions should I take?

Since the virus causing COVID-19 is so new there is not yet a vaccine to prevent it. The NHS has posted key recommendations for preventing the spread of all respiratory illnesses.

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