CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Social Health and Diabetes 2020; 8(01): 003-007
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1716439
Review Article

Managing Diabetes in the COVID-19 Era: Focus on COVID-19 Safe Clinics, Telemedicine, and Diabetes Self-Management

Rajan Palui
1   Department of Endocrinology, The Mission Hospital, Durgapur, West Bengal, India
Subhodip Pramanik
2   Department of Endocrinology, Neotia Getwel, Siliguri, West Bengal, India
Arindam Ray
3   Department of General Medicine, College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Uttio Gupta
4   Department of Endocrinology, Medical Super Speciality Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Sattik Siddhanta
5   Department of General Medicine, IPGMER, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Deep Dutta
6   Department of Endocrinology, CEDAR Superspeciality Clinics, New Delhi, India
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Funding None.


Novel coronavirus disease 2019 is a dreaded pandemic that is going to persist, and diabetic people with poor glycemic control are at high risk of complications and death from it. Social distancing being the only way to prevent infection spread, it is very difficult to continue usual clinic-based diabetes care. So, in this review, we focus to discuss safe clinic practice recommendations, scope of telemedicine in care of follow-up patients, and diabetes self-management that every individual with diabetes needs to follow. These issues will be of utmost important as we need to understand and implement personal and social hygiene in a better way even in post lockdown period.

Publication History

Article published online:
14 September 2020

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