Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily
Johannesburg, South Africa – According to Dr Adri Kok, a specialist physician, people with diabetes are at a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19.
Dr Kok made the revelation in relation to the current COVID-19 crisis in South Africa which has since infected more than 300 000 people.
“People with diabetes are prone to COVID-19. Type two diabetes is the most prevalent in South Africa with 30 percent of the population being diabetic or obese.
Moreover, for people who are diabetic, the virus gets into the blood and forms blood clots which affect the kidneys, arteries and veins. So people with diabetes are at a higher risk of being affected by the virus that’s why they have to constantly check their sugar levels.
Moreso, clinics and hospitals don’t have enough resources to cater for their needs,” said the specialist physician.