People with diabetes have an impaired immune response when dealing with an infection. The body’s lack of glycemic control damages different facets of the immune response to viral infection, such as the COVID-19. As COVID-19 continues spreading, people with diabetes carry an increased risk of both contracting the disease and perishing due to complications of the deadly illness.
People who have contracted COVID-19 and suffer from diabetes have a higher risk of showing severe symptoms. As of now, COVID-19 patients with diabetes have a higher likelihood to end up in intensive care compared to previously healthy people. In a study of 173 patients showing severe symptoms of COVID-19, 16.2% suffered from diabetes. Several studies showed similar results. It is also known that comorbidities are a proven predictor in COVID-19 mortality rate. Combined, these facts show that diabetes clinics treating patients must take extra precautions to ensure the safety of this at-risk population.
Diabetes patients and COVID-19 – what can be done to minimize damage to the diabetic community?
The “lock-down” policy has been working well in bringing down the number of infections in many countries. Though successful, this strategy has had a heavy economic price, as well as being mentally taxing. On top of these drawbacks, many diabetes patients must still see their doctors, whether discussing particular abnormalities in their glucose levels or taking important routine checkups. This lock-down tactic, while central and effective when being put to use, is not sustainable over time, especially when it comes to diabetes patients.
Diabetes patients, like most people, are advised to wear protective gear in public to avoid contracting the disease. Plastic gloves and facial masks help keep aerosols of the virus away from the sensitive passages of the body, so long as one avoids touching one’s face and eyes. However, when being treated by professionals, diabetes patients have no choice but to be exposed to the doctors and nurses assigned to their health.
In diabetes clinics, cleanliness is of vital consequence. Staff taking care of this vulnerable population must adhere to a strict hygiene standard, which consists of proper sterilization of tools and surfaces, as well as accurate hand washing.
Soapy offers an answer to this difficulty, utilizing AI technology to create the CleanMachine. The CleanMachine dispenses the exact amount of soap and water needed for a proper wash while highlighting problems in the wash quality. The smart handwash machine gathers hygienic data about individual and group users, storing in the Soapy Wisdom platform. There, managers can access important information in order to understand hand hygiene trends in their facilities. The CleanMachine is easy to install, even in such times as a global pandemic, requiring only a water inlet and outlet and an electricity connection.