More than 5,500 of you answered our survey in April to tell us about your concerns at the start of lockdown.
You told us that one of the biggest challenges has been not having clear and consistent guidance about the risk to people with diabetes from coronavirus, the measures you should be taking (such as social distancing or shielding, attending school or work) and access to support.
It is wrong that people with diabetes are being left without clear guidance. And as rules and restrictions continue to change, we’re raising this urgently with decision makers.
Better protections and support
We’ve worked with experts to review the latest data to make recommendations to the government and the NHS for more protections and support. This is for all people with diabetes and for those who may be at higher risk.
As governments across the UK review lockdown measures people with diabetes mustn't be left behind. It's more important than ever that we continue to call for consistent advice for people with diabetes, as well as ensuring the right protections are in place for those at higher risk from COVID-19.
We’re calling for:
- A consistent approach to assessing risk – so that people with diabetes, alongside their clinical team, can discuss the support and protections they need based on their individual circumstances. This includes the fast-tracked development of a recognised, standard COVID-19 risk assessment tool, and a robust cross-government approach to the development of policy setting out how this tool will be used to trigger appropriate support and safeguards for those at highest risk.
- Clinical teams to contact people with diabetes who are over 70 or those who have significant risk factors to discuss what measures they should take and the support they need. The factors that make you more at risk of dying from coronavirus include being from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic group, increased age, a BMI over 30, a history of high HbA1c, or complications such as heart failure or kidney disease.
We will continue to make the case for this in the strongest way, so that people with diabetes and clinical teams get more information and there’s more consistency in discussing your risk. We will push government to use what we’re learning about coronavirus and diabetes to develop policies and guidance that protects and supports you.
There’s still much more to understand. We’re calling on the government to urgently explore and address the reasons why some people are more affected than others.