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Special caution advised for those in high risk groups

Even though most states have “re-opened” from pandemic shutdowns, health care experts say social distancing and wearing masks are still good ideas to avoid catching COVID-19.

Susan Pittman, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Program Coordinator at Freeman Health System, says this is especially true for people in “high risk groups” like diabetics.

“You wouldn’t be at a higher risk to get the virus,” she says, ” but if you do get the virus, you would be a higher risk of it becoming more severe.”

The she says diabetics are also more likely to have more severe cases of the flu and pneumonia.

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