Diabetics may be forced to self-isolate at home after lockdown is lifted, government review suggests
Diabetics could be forced to shield at home against Covid-19 following a review by government scientists after it emerged sufferers are at significantly greater risk of dying if they catch the virus.
Professor Peter Horby, chair of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag) advisory group, confirmed to the Telegraph that diabetes was being considered as part of an "active review" of the most vulnerable groups.
Almost one in three deaths from coronavirus in hospital had diabetes, it emerged this week, and the professor of emerging infectious Diseases and Global Health at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Medicine is now in advanced discussions with other government advisors.
Most diabetics are currently classed as "clinically vulnerable" rather than the "clinically extremely vulnerable" - the worst affected group of people who received letters from their doctors telling them they must stay at home under almost all circumstances.
However, scientists will consider whether sufferers need more protection after official figures showed people with autoimmune type 1 diabetes are three-and-a-half times more likely to die if they catch Covid-19 than non-diabetics, while type 2 diabetics - generally linked with being overweight - are twice as likely to die.
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