Diabetes UK Coronavirus Newsletter

These are unprecedented times. People in every street, in every town, in every nation are impacted by COVID-19. Times may be uncertain but you are certainly not alone. We are a community, and we are together – in the good times and in those where there is a national stockpiling of toilet paper.

As the Government advises those with underlying health conditions that would increase their risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, it is vital not to get caught up in stress and worry. We will continue to update our coronavirus page daily.

First things first, it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes this is serious, but we are resilient and we can, and will beat this. Read an interview with Andrew, who has T1D and beat coronavirus.

Protect your mental health. Take steps to care for your wellbeing. With so much news about coronavirus in the media, across newspapers, radio, TV, websites and social media – it can take a toll on mental health.

Try to take time out for yourself. Spend time in nature, try a new hobby, meditate, read a book, sing, start a blog, walk your dog or someone else’s. There may be months of coronavirus news ahead, and you don’t want to burnout. Get out in open green spaces, exercise, eat well, stay hydrated and keep your cool.

Remember that you have plenty of support. Make sure to stay in touch (remotely if necessary) with family and friends. The Diabetes Community is open 24/7 and there are hundreds of thousands of topics to browse through. Find support, share experiences and ask questions with over 316,000 other people with similar experiences.

You won’t be surprised to read that the coronavirus discussion is this month’s most popular thread. That’s closely followed by 2 threads on whether people are managing to eat their usual foods and how people will be self-isolating over the next 12 weeks.

During this time of self-isolation, stay connected with people. We hope you and your loved ones are taking care of each other.

Be thoughtful, respectful and compassionate. We are side by side in this, even if we are a safe distance apart.

Enjoy the day,
Charlotte, on behalf of Diabetes.co.uk