When you have diabetes, do your very best to stay clear of the current coronavirus. Everyone has a chance of catching this viral infection, but people with existing medical conditions like diabetes have a harder time fighting it off. It can trigger changes in your body which can affect your blood sugar levels and raise the chance of you facing serious health problems. If you suspect that you have the virus, don’t hesitate to visit a hospital, particularly one with competent diabetes specialists such as Providence Medical Centre

To start you off on how you can keep yourself safe during this pandemic, let’s take a look at the common coronavirus symptoms. 

COVID-19 Symptoms 

You’ll know when you’re infected with the virus after roughly 2 weeks. That’s its estimated incubation period. Meanwhile, here are the symptoms you should watch out as they could be a sign that you have the virus: 

  • Low to high spells of fever. 
  • Severe aches and pains in your joints, muscles and eyes. 
  • General body weakness. 
  • Warm, flushed skin and dark watery eyes. 
  • Slight to severe headache. 
  • Dry cough. 
  • A sore throat and stuffy nose

Safety Tips For Diabetics

Self Medication

In the case of mild or less common symptoms such as aches and pains, headache, coughs, loss of smell or taste, etc., you can begin by taking over-the-counter prescriptions to relieve them. Make sure you read the label. Avoid products with high amounts of sugar. If the symptoms refuse to go away, it may be time to visit any of the good medical centres in Sydney.

Take Regular Blood Sugar checks

You’ll need to check your blood sugar level often. You could be ill yet fail to notice the changes in your blood sugar levels until it’s too late. It would be best to have this done by a diabetes specialist as they could advise you on what you need to do next to keep the condition under control.

Eat Well

You might feel grumpy and not hungry or thirsty at all. But still, you have to eat to keep your blood sugar levels steady. 

Stick with foods from your regular diet plan. Eat a good amount of carbs every hour and then. You could do with a slice of bread, a bit of milk, yoghurt or ready-made soup. 

Up your Fluid Levels as well. You might get nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea with COVID-19 symptoms. To make sure you get enough fluids, sip liquids throughout the day. Aim for 1 cup every hour. Choose sugar-free drinks. Keep it as low on the sugar as you can. If your blood sugar is extremely low, try something that has a high amount of natural carbs.

Use a Suitable Cold Medicine

Choose the right cold medications. Check-in with your doctor about possible dosage changes. Good diabetes care means being prepared for the days when you would rather not carry yourself out of bed for a glucose check or a bite to eat. 

If you have diabetes, your best bet is a medicine that is clearly labelled sugar-free. Almost every major pharmacy has a store brand of sugar-free cold or cough medicine. If you have questions, ask the best medical centres in Sydney for help.

Get a Flu shot 

The flu vaccine is recommended yearly for your own good. Even before COVID-19, the vaccine was highly recommended for diabetics because they are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. Now, the last thing you want to deal with is battling both. 

Some people might get pneumonia as a result of the coronavirus, and this good could make things even worse. The good news is there is a pneumonia vaccine available too and you can have all of them administered to you at Providence Medical Centre.

Check Your Hygiene 

Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away. Wash your hands with soap and water as well, and remember to keep that hand sanitizer close and use it as much as possible. Do try not to touch your nose, eyes, or mouth to reduce the spread of the virus. 

Finally, if you do get sick, stay home and isolate yourself to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Check your temperature every morning and evening and know when to call your doctor. A fever may be a sign of infection. 

Call your doctor or our diabetes specialist if any of the following happen to you: 

  • You feel too sick to eat normally 
  • You’re having severe diarrhea
  • You lose 5 pounds or more
  •  Your temperature is over 101 degrees. 
  •  Your blood glucose is lower than usual. 
  • You have medium or large amounts of sugar deposits in your urine. 
  • You’re having trouble breathing
  • You feel sleepy or can’t think clearly

At Providence Medical Centr, we’re always ready and glad to help you manage your diabetes, especially during this time when the virus is a big threat to diabetics. Meanwhile, don’t forget to take all the precautions recommended by the top health authorities.