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Saudi: Equal Recovery Rate for Children with Chronic Diseases

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The Saudi Health Ministry has said that children make up the smallest percentage of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Kingdom, and that there is no difference in the recovery rate between healthy and chronically ill patients, like those with diabetes.

However, other groups of children with more severe illnesses experience complications according to Al-Harbi, including those with cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases like asthma, neurological disorders like epilepsy, and genetic immune deficiency.

Al-Harbi noted that when diabetic children become unwell, they should stay home unless they develop extreme symptoms, with increased blood glucose testing, and maintain insulin intake regardless of appetite to avoid diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a serious complication that occurs when the body produces high levels of blood acids.

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