In a time where the influenza pandemic is spreading and strengthening its control over the world, the Government of India recently announced a Janta Curfew (public curfew) urging citizens to stay indoors and stay home as much as possible as a move to curb the spread of the virus. This makes it more than important for people to avoid step-out of the house for virus control and avoid contact.
It is crucial for people especially who have chronic medical conditions such as HIV/Aids, pregnant women, cancer, asthma, and others to stay indoors. One of the flu high-risk groups that must stay indoors and practise social distancing is people living with diabetes.
People living with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing flu symptoms. In fact, a recent study indicated that about 30 per cent of adult flu hospitalizations were of diabetics. Additionally, flu-like symptoms can lead to fluctuation in blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is essential for diabetics and people with other chronic medical conditions to take preventive steps.
Steps to preventing Influenza Flu
Here are the steps anyone with chronic medical conditions must follow to prevent flu:
The foremost step to be taken is to go for the yearly flu vaccine. These vaccines help in virus prevention and protect you from 3-4 types of virus.
Try to avoid contact with sick people
If you notice the symptoms of flu, stay indoors for 24 hours for the fever to subside and then get medical care.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap is not available, use an alcohol-based rub.
Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose, and mouth.
Clean and disinfect areas and objects that are commonly in use such as doorknobs, remotes, doorbell, etc.
Monitoring diabetes is essential during such times to avoid further health complications.
Despite managing blood sugar, diabetics are always at a risk of chronic medical conditions. Therefore, it is essential to take preventive steps in time. The Janta Curfew is announced to contain the outbreak and will be observed on March 22 between 7 AM to 9 PM across India.
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