Diabetics account for 9% of coronavirus deaths

in News · 01-04-2020 14:34:00 · 1 Comments

Diabetes patients are a risk group, representing “more than 9% of people who died with covid-19”, but are not more likely to be infected with the new coronavirus, the Association warned today. Protector of Portuguese Diabetics (APDP).

The information was released today by the president of the Portuguese Diabetic Protective Association (APDP), José Manuel Boavida, during the update press conference on infection with the new coronavirus, which has already infected more than eight thousand people in Portugal.

According to José Manuel Boavida, "there is no evidence that people with diabetes are more likely to be infected with the coronavirus".

However, it is necessary to protect patients with diabetes as they are a "higher risk group, with an increase in mortality, reaching more than 9% of people who died with covid-19", he warned.

For this reason, José Manuel Boavida left some recommendations, such as controlling diabetes to achieve better prognosis and to appreciate the need for special protection for chronically ill patients.

Regarding the protection of these patients, the APDP president recalled that telecommuting or "safe work" should always be chosen. Social distance, especially for people over 60, was another piece of advice.

The Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, recalled for his part that diabetes affects more than two million Portuguese people who at this moment "are more vulnerable" and "need a differentiating response, which associations such as APDP has been able to give" .

The APDP president added that among patients and family members, diabetes affects “more than a third of the Portuguese population”.


Considering that most people that died in Portugal from the Covid19 virus were over 80 these figures seem to be almost irrelevant... Quite obviously all underlying weaknesses in a patient can complicate this infection... With people who have multiple underlying conditions who can say what killed them? Was it the virus or was it the general health? Or both? This is the same like with influenza?

By Thomas Wissmann from Lisbon on 01-04-2020 05:12
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