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We are all well aware of the havoc Covid-19 has created worldwide, and India is no exception to it! However, with the vaccination drive on in full swing, coronavirus cases have started decreasing by the day. But it is important to note that certain health conditions like diabetes and hypertension may make a person more likely to develop severe complications of Covid-19.
Therefore, it is an added responsibility for those with diabetes and hypertension to be extra cautious, and take utmost care to avoid getting infected with this deadly virus.
Diseases like hypertension may have long-term repercussions, and can weaken the immune function in the affected people. Those with a weak immune system may be more likely to get infected with coronavirus, as their bodies cannot fight infections.
People with diabetes may be more prone to develop complications and experience severe symptoms, when infected with the virus. There is no evidence that people with diabetes are more prone to Covid-19, but if they are impacted by the virus, the infection tends to be severe.
In people with diabetes, there is more inflammation in the body. When they get infected with Covid-19, the inflammatory markers may worsen; this could be one reason that the infection is more severe in people with diabetes.
They must ensure to:
Besides ensuring these practices, people with diabetes and hypertension must also follow Covid safety protocols:
People with diabetes and hypertension often have underlying complications. But the trio of diabetes, hypertension, and Covid-19 can be problematic. The difficulties faced by people with hypertension and diabetes are:
The key to defeating coronavirus is by staying strong and positive. It is everyone’s responsibility to avoid crowded places, ensure social distancing, maintain good hand hygiene and get vaccinated to prevent the spread of this deadly virus!