Help keep our community safe until we’re all safe.

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We have a simple goal: tap into the power of the global diabetes community to save lives.

Living with diabetes is hard work. The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has added new challenges, fears, and uncertainties. Members of the diabetes community are among the most vulnerable to serious complications caused by coronavirus.

But there’s some good news: people with diabetes – Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes – understand that our daily actions and habits add up. Together, we have the power to shape what happens next. Every action to curb the spread of the virus represents countless infections prevented.

Join us by doing your part. Not everyone with diabetes faces the same personal risk, but we’re only powerful against coronavirus when we work together. If you are older or have less well-controlled diabetes or live with someone who does, focus on taking action to minimize your exposure. And if you are younger and healthier with less immediate risk, take every precaution you can to keep others in your community safe.

Protect those most vulnerable, including members of the global diabetes community. Protect those who cannot stay home. Protect those on the front lines. Protect our farmers, grocery workers, nurses, and pharmacists. Protect yourself and your family.

Together, we can lead the way in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The lives of the most vulnerable among us are on the line.

Who are we? Learn more about the JDRF-Beyond Type 1 Alliance.

Not everyone is able to take every precaution – but every precaution you CAN take makes a difference.

What can you do?

Take these precautions and encourage your community to join you. The recommendations have been endorsed by The American Diabetes Association, Beyond Type 1, Harvard Medical School, ISPAD, and JDRF and are being shared by diabetes communities around the world to keep the most vulnerable among us safe. 

Join the movement – boost the signal. Organizations interested in becoming a sharing partner e-mail: coronavirus@beyondtype1.org

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

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The following recommendations explain exactly how to: establish and maintain strict personal hygiene, minimize physical interaction with others, minimize risk when out in public, make work as safe as possible, set yourself up for success with diabetes management, maximize your baseline physical and mental health, and if you get sick to get treated quickly. Every little bit counts.

Establish and maintain strict personal hygiene 

  • Wash hands every time you come into contact with an out-of-home item or place.
  • Regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a handkerchief.
  • Act as though you have COVID and could pass it on.

Minimize physical interaction with others   

  • Minimize contact with individuals outside your household. 
  • Secure a sufficient amount of food, supplies, and medication to minimize trip frequency as your budget allows. Get them delivered if you can.
  • Seek routine medical care from home: utilize telehealth and mail-order pharmacy options.

Minimize risk when out in public

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters / 6 feet from others.
  • Wear a cloth mask or face covering.
  • Adjust schedule to avoid busy times in public places. Take advantage of dedicated shopping times for vulnerable individuals if available.  

Make work as safe as possible  

  • Work from home as much as you can. Look into modifications in work procedures to keep 2 meters / 6 feet distance from others. Adjust your schedule to avoid high-traffic times. 
  • As physical distance rules are lifted, advocate for flexible work options for high-risk individuals. 

Maximize baseline physical and mental health

  • If you smoke or vape, stop now.
  • Prioritize rest, hydration, nutrition, physical activity, and virtually socializing with others.
  • Exercise inside or in isolated areas.
  • If you are struggling with mental health, seek online help.

Set yourself up for success with diabetes management 

  • Test blood sugar levels more often; your body may be reacting differently under these new circumstances.
  • Familiarize yourself with how to check for ketones. Check for ketones regularly, regardless of blood sugar levels.
  • Secure a sufficient amount of supplies, including ketone strips and severe hypoglycemia treatment (glucagon).
  • Maintain a routine of physical movement and blood sugar friendly eating. 
  • Contact your doctor or health professionals by phone / telehealth if possible for diabetes management questions and concerns. 
  • Lean on your community for help – none of these behaviors are easy, and we all need support. Look into digital and online communities.

If you get sick, get treated quickly

  • Measure temperature daily with a thermometer and take heart rate with a watch. Track any changes.
  • Never stop taking insulin or other medications, even when you become sick. Discuss insulin dosage changes with a doctor.
  • Know the warning signs of DKA and seek immediate medical attention for symptoms including fruity smelling breath, vomiting, weight loss, dehydration, confusion, and hyperventilation.

If you have diabetes and contract the novel coronavirus, contact your healthcare professional immediately. For more information, visit this resource from the Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition

RESOURCES + SHAREABLES

HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD

Join us! Commit to sharing these life-saving recommendations with your community. E-mail coronavirus@beyondtype1.org and we’ll add your logo to the growing list of community partners.