Just in time for the world diabetes day two articles investigating the medical care of people with Diabetes and other chronic conditions during the current COVID-19 pandemic have been published. Additionally, new data was released for several indicators of the diabetes surveillance.
Since the start of 2020 the corona pandemic has dominated the health care situation in Germany. Diabetes mellitus and other chronic conditions increase the risk for a severe course of the COVID-19 disease. In Germany, 7 of 100 adults are diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, two of 100 adults already have elevated blood glucose levels, however have not been diagnosed (unknown diabetes).
Since the start of the pandemic many non-pharmaceutical interventions have been introduced by the federal government and the federal states for the containment of the spread to the corona virus. The diabetes surveillance contributed to two articles, which explore the effect of the introduced public health measures on the medical care of people with chronic conditions like diabetes:
Self-assessed medical care during the corona pandemic
According to the COSMO survey the most participants report that access to health care and required medications was ensured during the pandemic. People with chronic conditions did not report more frequently about constraints in medical care. However, in March at the begin of the pandemic participants experienced more frequently that appointments at a doctor’s office were not possible.
Next to activities in light of the current pandemic the website of the diabetes surveillance has been updated:
The time series of the following indicators has been complemented by data for the year 2018