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Coronavirus - How at risk am I?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Henry2002, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Henry2002

    Henry2002 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I’m 17 years old and I have type 1 diabetes and on an omnipod . I’ve seen so much in the news lately about the coronavirus and I just don’t know what to believe and what not - I’ve got pretty bad anxiety about it all and I want to know just how at risk am I? As in how much more likely I am to get it and how much worse will it be for me if I have it , or is it just like a type 1 diabetic having the flu , just want to know the facts surrounding diabetes and coronavirus rather than all the fearmongering :)
     
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  2. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    No-one could possibly answer that. Take the precautions you feel necessary. You're 17, live your life.
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Sideburnt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  5. Dr Snoddy

    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Henry. To put this into perspective, are you worried at the moment about getting the flu? As a seventeen year old you are very unlikely to catch coronavirus. You are much more likely to get flu!
    People over the age of 60 are much more susceptible to coronavirus and so far there have been almost no cases in children and teenagers. I am over 60 and have a degree in medical microbiology. I am listening to the government scientists who have access to data and am ignoring all the scaremongering by people who really don't know what they are talking about. I really don't think you need to be worried but keep washing your hands so that you lessen the risk to other susceptible people.
     
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  6. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You've half answered your own question, don't believe too much of the papers who are scaremongering and making mountains out of mole hills and definitely don't believe Boris who thinks it's clever to boast about shaking hands with patients. Listen to the medics.

    By the way, when you see rates of infection and death rates, the numbers will always be inaccurate because not everyone will be reporting their illness, some may not even recognise their illness.

    Just do what you can.
     
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    Jo_the_boat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  8. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Tom Hanks is currently in Australia and has Covid. And he's a T2 diabetic.
     
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    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    At the gold coast hospital, which is about a 40min drive up the road for me.
     
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  10. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well I have the “ sniffles” just about to go to the gym , I have had diabetes 40 years, had a heart attack stent fitting had kidney failure due to sepsis, had operation on my lung due to empyema , so I guess I am at risk , hmm have I got a mask ,, er no am I stock piling toilet rolls and pasta. Errr nooo , am I going to die yes eventually how am I going to die I don’t know , to coin an old phrase am I bovvered nope, think I’ll just carry on if I have it I’ll know soon enough anyways time for the gym
     
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  11. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just don't give it to someone else!
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Hi, it's the same for many people, as the unknown is the scariest.
    Younger people are very low risk, so that's positive.
    Keep on checking for updates, have a good hygiene practice, be aware, vigilant and do the very best you can to stay safe.
    Take care :) Here's a link.
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
     
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    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Except that it makes them feel less wary and thus more likely to infect and possibly kill older, sicker people they come into contact with.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    But the younger generation are not at a great risk, so they aren't the ones, for now, that would infect other's, it's people from certain countries that are infecting other's, look at the recent Austrian man.
    A younger person has decades and decades of life in front of them, the OP is concerned and a little anxious, my daughter is and she hasn't got diabetes.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    That's the thing, we don't know if we have it, until we have symptoms., so I will carry on as usual, until told otherwise.
     
  16. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    I think what you mean is people who have visited certain countries, rather than necessarily "people from" those "certain countries" ?
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't think young people are at less risk of getting it, just at less risk of it being serious. This makes them a threat as they can affect others while they have very mild or no symptoms themselves.
     
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    TC71 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Got the sniffles so thought you'd go to the gym and pass on your bacteria in the air and all over the gym eqiupment. Well done you.
     
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    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Well I'm 70
    I have asthma, myasthenia gravis, diabetes and I take an Immunosuppressant

    This virus is virtually totally unknown it is more virulent than the flu virus and is now pandemic I shall not be carrying on as normal but will be taking precautions because one thing I know is if I do get it I will be lucky to survive it.

    One thing I will be sure to do is stay away from any gym frequented by @Ushthetaff

    And as having had to study cross infection in depth as part of my degree course I am not prepared to be
    blase about it.
     
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  20. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    How will anyone know who it is who is giving it to them ! Some people are just carriers, even if we do what Italy are doing someone is going to break the curfew. Have they st
    had sniffles for a week also so should I stay in or should I wear a full body suit with B/ A set or should I stay in permanently become a recluse and worry about everything that could happen or carry on hmm let me think about tHat for a millisecond
    Ps that’s for the “well done “much appreciated I shall wear it like a badge glad I’m doing something right
     
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