Government recommendations following sharp rise in cases of Covid-19 across the country.
The UK government has announced a series of lockdown measures from Thursday, 5th November in a bid to reduce a recent rapid rise in new infections of the Covid-19 (coronavirus).
Remember, remember this 5th of November
National restrictions from 5th November
This guidance applies to England (click for additional guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
“Covid-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday, 5th November until Wednesday, 2nd December, you must:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:
- prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
- ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
- ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday, 2nd December. At the end of the period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.
You can help to protect your friends and family by downloading the NHS COVID-19 App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday, 5th November.
There is separate guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.”
New National Restrictions from 5th November – Read the latest government guidance in full here
‘Hands. Face. Space.’
Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
Whilst the safety measures have not changed and many of the previously recommended messages remain the same in this respect, we understand this may be a difficult time for many supporters living with diabetes and remind you we are always happy to hear from you and offer help and support where we can for any concerns you may have throughout this uncertain period.
Latest recommendations for people with diabetes
If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable – including people under 70 with an underlying health condition, including diabetes, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
The latest guidelines recommendations for people in this category:
- should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others
- should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. Over this period, we are advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you are advised not to go to work and may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA). You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise. The full guidance is available and the Government will write to everybody who is clinically extremely vulnerable to set out detailed advice while the new restrictions are in place.
During the Covid-19 pandemic people with diabetes have had an additional health concern to consider – healthcare professionals advise to look after yourself as best as you can as an additional safety measure against contracting the virus this winter.
As previously reported, almost one in three of all deaths from coronavirus among people in hospital in England during the Covid-19 pandemic have been associated with diabetes.
A follow-up NHS report confirmed that people living with diabetes are at a significantly increased risk if they get Covid-19 compared to people without the condition.
The news highlighted the importance for people with diabetes to self-isolate as much as possible in line with government Covid-19 lockdown guidelines.
Read NHS guidance on who is at risk from Covid-19
Make yourself “winter-proof”
Ways people with diabetes can prepare for the winter season include:
Have a flu jab if advised
Be familiar with sick day rules – especially if prescribed to take metformin and if on ‘flozins’ – the flozin treatments (e.g. dapagliflozin) are a particular one to watch and stop taking if unwell, due to the risk of developing ketones which could progress to DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis)
Ensuring you have working meters, enough ketone testing sticks and appropriate supply of medications, etc
Good footcare and footwear
Stay well hydrated, and take care if drinking alcohol (as excess amounts can cause dehydration)
Seek advice early if unwell and ensure to have some skills in insulin dose adjustment where appropriate
Read 'Sick day rules' in the DRWF leaflet Managing diabetes when you are ill
United Through Diabetes
DRWF has partnered with the organisers of Diabetes Professional Care (DPC2020), the UK’s leading national diabetes annual event for healthcare professionals, to provide an innovative virtual conference and exhibition venue to be launched next month.
The new first-of-its-kind event is entitled United Through Diabetes and will be held on World Diabetes Day – Saturday, 14th November from 9.30am to 5pm.
Registration for the event is open now here
Read the event announcement United Through Diabetes – Join DRWF and DPC this World Diabetes Day
View the programme online here
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DRWF operations during the Covid-19 health crisis
The DRWF team is now working remotely. Covid-19 guidance, particularly where it aligns or impacts with diabetes guidance, is shared as quickly as possible through the DRWF website and social media channels with the aim of making it as easy to understand as possible and a reliable source of latest news.