- diagnose /DAHY-uhg-nohs/
- underlying /UHN-der-lahy-ing/
- closure /KLOH-zher/
- adolescent /ad-l-ES-uhnt/
- vulnerable /VUHL-ner-uh-buhl/
[verb] – to recognize and name the exact character of a disease or a problem, by examining it
The doctor will diagnose the patient’s symptoms to determine the cause of their illness.
[adjective] – real but not immediately obvious
The doctor conducted several tests to determine the underlying cause of the patient’s persistent headaches.
[noun] – the fact of a business, organization, etc. stopping operating
During the pandemic, many small businesses experienced closure due to the economic challenges they faced.
[noun] – a young person who is developing into an adult
The school organized a workshop to address the unique needs and challenges faced by adolescents during their transition from childhood to adulthood.
[adjective] – able to be easily physically or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked
People with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to catching respiratory infections.
The surge in type 1 diabetes cases during COVID-19 remains uncertain, with proposed theories including a potential link to the virus and reduced germ exposure. Some suggest that COVID-19 triggers a reaction in children, increasing their susceptibility to diabetes, although the evidence is inconsistent. Another theory is that reduced germ exposure during lockdowns may leave children more vulnerable to conditions like diabetes. JDRF UK (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) urges vigilance for symptoms such as fatigue, excessive thirst, frequent urination, and unexplained weight loss, emphasizing early detection and prompt treatment for effective management.
- Have you or anyone you know experienced any changes in health conditions or witnessed an increase in diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes among children and teenagers in your community during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, could you share your personal experience or observations? If not, what are your thoughts or impressions upon learning about this issue for the first time?
- Have you ever encountered or interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, either before or during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, could you share your experience and how it has influenced your understanding or perspective on the condition? If not, are you familiar with type 1 diabetes and its impact on individuals’ lives?
- Do you think it is important for healthcare systems to allocate additional resources and support to address the growing number of children and adolescents affected by type 1 diabetes?
- What do you think could be the possible reasons behind the surge in type 1 diabetes cases among children and teenagers during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- What measures do you think should be taken by governments and healthcare organizations to provide effective management and care for these individuals?