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I have diabetes – am I at increased risk from coronavirus?

If you have diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2), you are considered at high risk, which means if you catch coronavirus you could get more ill than other people who don’t have a health problem.

Research looking at people who go into hospital with coronavirus has found that those with diabetes are more likely to die, although the risk of dying is still very low.

It’s likely that if your diabetes is well controlled, your risk is lower than if it isn’t well controlled, so it’s more important than ever to control your diabetes as well as possible. Take your medication as prescribed, eat a good balance of healthy food, and exercise regularly.

If you are over 70 or have another health problem such as heart disease or kidney disease, you are considered to be at particularly high risk.

You should carefully follow the advice on social distancing and hand-washing, and limit the number of face-to-face interactions you have to reduce your chance of catching the virus. Having diabetes on its own does not place you in the shielding category.

You should carry on working from home if you can, but you can go to work if your workplace is Covid-secure.

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