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Thousands access Twitter taskforce diabetes and COVID-19 document

By Editor
21st May 2020
Coronavirus, Technology Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

A document drafted by an online taskforce of health experts to help people better understand newly published diabetes and COVID-19 mortality rates has been shared more than 30,000 times.

The group of 16 diabetes specialists, which represent all different professions from within the diabetes community, were carefully selected because of their expert knowledge and online Twitter presence. They can be contacted via the Twitter handle @_diabetes101.

Together, the team have addressed a series of frequently asked questions relating to diabetes and coronavirus, in response to the recent statistic that has shown people with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with the deadly infection, with a third of deaths in England associated with the condition.

‘Anxiety levels’

Team 101 member Bethany Kelly, who is also a Type 1 Liaison Diabetes Specialist Nurse at Solent NHS Trust and Co-Chair of the DSN Forum, said: “Team 101 was aware that NHS England was publishing data relating to the diabetes relative risk and COVID-19 deaths.

“We knew the findings would worry a lot of people within the diabetes community. Since opening this account we’ve realised how impactful the media is when it releases figures relating to diabetes and it causes high levels of anxiety among people who are understandably worried about their health.

“That’s why, as a team, we worked around the clock over the weekend to prepare resources that would help explain the numbers behind the research. Our aim has always been to get information as quickly as we can out to the population. This means we can quickly address questions from healthcare professionals, people with diabetes and carers, rather than trying to answer individual queries which would be a cumbersome way of working.”

The document answers questions about whether people with diabetes should be shielding, whether children with diabetes should be returning to school and also provides advice to what people deemed at high risk should currently be doing to protect their health.

It also contains links to the sick day rules in place among those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as hypo guidance.

To access the document, click here.

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