The government is advising people with diabetes who are at an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be “particularly stringent” in following social distancing measures.
The guidance is for everyone, including children, and advises on social distancing measures that everyone should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.
People with diabetes have been included on a list which outline who may be at an increased of infection. Some of the other conditions are also diabetes-related complications such as chronic kidney disease, being seriously overweight and chronic heart disease.
There are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. For those who fall into that category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact them with advice about the more stringent measures that just be followed.
For now, people with health problems, who are 70 or older or pregnant women are being told to “rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full”.
Social distancing measures are steps people are being asked to take in a bid to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
They are to:
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
- Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
- Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.