Corona virus disease (COVID-19) symptoms can vary broadly. Some people are asymptomatic, while others become infected that they eventually need mechanical assistance to survive.
The risk of developing dangerous symptoms of COVID-19 may be developed in people who are older and also in people of any age who have other serious health issues like heart or lung conditions, enfeeble immune systems, severe obesity, or diabetes. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.
Diabetes is a risk factor
People living with diabetes have an increased risk of getting very sick from the new coronavirus. Diabetes type 1 and type 2 both cause an increase in blood sugar. Poorly controlled blood sugar can make viral diseases, including COVID-19, more threatening, possibly because higher blood sugar can create an environment where viruses are likely to grow more.
COVID-19 targets the lungs, so you’re more likely to develop severe symptoms if you have preexisting lung problems. Risk of serious symptoms is higher if you have these conditions:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Lung cancer
Some lung conditions may increase your risk of serious illness from COVID-19, including:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Moderate to severe asthma
While some medications for these conditions can weaken your immune system, it’s important to stay on your maintenance medications to keep symptoms as controlled as possible. You may want to talk to your doctor about obtaining an emergency supply of prescription medications, such as asthma inhalers.
People with disabilities
If you need assistance from home health aides, you may face higher chances of coming into contact with someone who might spread the coronavirus. Ask people who come into your home to wash their hands before and after they touch you, change your linens, or do laundry.
Also make sure that frequently touched objects in your house, including doorknobs, faucets, phones, wheelchairs, or walkers, get disinfected several times a day.
People living on the street or in shelters for the homeless may find themselves in close contact with people who might be infected with COVID-19.
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