2. Why is the CDC and World Health Organization saying that having diabetes DOES put us at greater risk?
We spoke to several experts about this and received the same response: the categorization that those with diabetes are at higher risk is broad and without specificity. For those with T1D, it applies directly to those without well-managed T1D. On this topic, here is nationally renowned endocrinologist Dr. Mary Pat Gallagher, director of pediatric diabetes at the Pediatric Diabetes Center at Hassenfeld Hospital at New York University, Langone. She spoke with JDRF on March 24 via Facebook Live:
“I can understand the confusion. The CDC, and the World Health Organization, and the American Diabetes Association…all mention that there are certain conditions that put you at increased risk or higher risk for severe illness. And diabetes is on that list.
When you don’t separate out what type of diabetes a person has, and you don’t separate them by age, and you don’t separate them by other medical conditions that also occur, and you don’t separate by their glycemic control—you just take everyone in one pot—people with diabetes are hospitalized more often, with COVID-19 as well as other respiratory illnesses, and, they have a higher fatality rate.
However, if we do control for all of those things. For age, for other types of diagnoses that occur, it changes things dramatically.
What we know about COVID-19, is that it seems that [those with T1D] are equally [not more] susceptible.”