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Diabetics with Covid-19 getting to hospital too late in SA


Diabetics with Covid-19 getting to hospital too late in SA

Head of endocrinology sounds an alarm on Covid-related deaths in those with both types of the disease

Senior science reporter

Statistics from the Western Cape are augmenting fears that Covid-19-related deaths are being fuelled significantly by the high burden of diabetes in SA – and diabetics are going to hospital too late, resulting in a high death rate.

Head of endocrinology at the University of Cape Town, Prof Joel Dave, said data from a week ago showed that “those with diabetes are not at higher risk of contracting Covid-19, but if they do become infected they are far more likely to require admission to the ICU”.

Of a total of about 73,000 infections recorded at the time, 9.6% of patients had diabetes...

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