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You may have heard that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. This is not the case. The truth is, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe illness, long lasting effects, or even death if they are infected with COVID-19.
What We Know about Diabetes and COVID-19
In May, a nationwide multicentre observational study called the CORONADO study, observed the mortality risk in people with diabetes who were hospitalized for COVID-19. The study population was 88% type 2 diabetics and 12% type 1 diabetics. What they found was that one in ten diabetic patients hospitalized with COVID-19 died within seven days of hospital admission. One in five died within the first 28 days.
How Can We Improve These Numbers?
There are five forms of antibodies that the human body makes. There are two forms that are relevant for COVID 19, Igm and IgG.
Igm is a big molecule, which is the first molecule that your body makes when you are exposed to a particular antigen or virus. This is an acute phase type of antibody.
IgG is a long-term antibody that has memory for your immune system and also protects you long-term. The actual length of long-term protection is not known.
Typically, when you have antibody testing, you are tested for both Igm and IgG. These tests are not perfect. If someone tests positive for Igm but not IgG, we’re not sure if they are protected.
If someone has no Igm antibodies and lots of IgG antibodies, they’re likely protected due to the long-term memory of IgG.
The length of time the antibodies remain detectable following an infection is not known.