Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Diabetes – What You Should Know

 

Living with diabetes is hard work. The global outbreak of COVID-19 has added new challenges, fears, and uncertainties.

As COVID-19 has progressed, we have learned that, contrary to initial reports, diabetes itself does not seem to increase the risk of contracting coronavirus. Older age and other correlating factors like high blood pressure, underlying heart or lung conditions, being overweight, or having consistently elevated blood glucose levels seem to have a greater impact on risk.

Not everyone with diabetes faces the same personal risk, but we’re only powerful against coronavirus when we work together. Join us by doing your part. Every action to curb the spread of the virus represents countless infections prevented. The lives of the most vulnerable among us are on the line.

To learn more about actions you can take to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, visit coronavirusdiabetes.org.

Information on COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids Ages 5 to 11 With Diabetes: What to Know


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We Asked An Immunologist Your Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety


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11 Things to Know about mRNA Vaccines for COVID-19


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Have Diabetes and Hesitant About COVID-19 Vaccines? Read This


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COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids + Teens with Diabetes


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How to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine


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T1D in the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trial


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Diabetes + COVID Vaccines: What You Need to Know


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COVID-19 + Diabetes Resources

Back to School with Diabetes Amidst the COVID-19 Variants


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Are People with Type 1 Diabetes Immunocompromised?


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COVID + Diabetes: The Work and School Safety Guide


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COVID-19: What Your Friends with Preexisting Conditions Need You To Know


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Preparing For Natural Disasters During COVID-19


For people living with diabetes, natural disaster preparedness always requires a bit more effort. Throw a global pandemic into the mix, and there's even more to think about and prepare for.MORE

How to Set Boundaries with Loved Ones During COVID-19


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What To Expect in a Telehealth Appointment for Mental Health


Dr. Mark Heyman answers questions about the impact of telehealth on mental health and why it's an important option.MORE

Build Your COVID-19 Diabetes Go Bag


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Top 10 Benefits of Social Distancing for Teens with T1D


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Novo Offers Free 90-Day Insulin Supply to People Recently Uninsured Due to COVID-19


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What To Know About Masks + COVID-19


Face masks can be routinely washed and re-worn, and are the best addition to vaccines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. MORE

New Program Offers $35 Monthly Copays for Lilly Insulins


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Managing Diabetes Without Health Insurance


If you've just lost your health insurance coverage or are struggling to afford your medications and supplies, start here.MORE

Get Help From Home: What Coronavirus Can Teach Us About Telehealth


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Think You Have COVID-19? Here’s What To Do


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Mental Health + Coping with COVID-19


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COVID-19 + Diabetes Stories and News

Here’s Why the CDC Updated Their Mask Recommendations (Again)


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US COVID-19 Cases Are Rising Again – What Does This Mean for People with Diabetes?


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Not Everyone Can Work From Home: Addressing Worker Safety During COVID-19


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Study Links COVID-19 to Increased Rates of DKA at Diagnosis in Children


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Incorporating a Latinx Lens for Mental Health During COVID-19


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England’s NHS Releases Study on Risk of COVID-19 for People with Diabetes


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DreaMed Announces Virtual Clinic to Treat T1D During COVID-19


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Beyond Type 1 Joins Smarter Healthcare Coalition (SHCC) in Supporting the Chronic Disease Management Act For COVID-19


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IndyCar Driver Charlie Kimball Talks COVID-19 + Racing with T1D


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COVID-19 Antibody Tests, When to Seek Emergency Care, Hydroxychloroquine + More with Dr. Anne Peters


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Silver Linings During COVID-19


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The Impact of COVID-19 on African-Americans


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Beyond Type 1 Asks Congress To Support Expanded Paid Leave For Chronic Conditions During COVID-19


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Stress, Social Media + Staying Sane During COVID-19


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FreeStyle Libre Approved by FDA for Hospitalized Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic


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What We’ve Gotten Back: Lessons From COVID-19


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COVID-19 Mental Health Check-In


Members of the Beyond Type 1 team took the chance to ask questions during a roundtable to get some clarity on mental health struggles pertaining to COVID-19.MORE

T1D + COVID-19 Positive — One Nurse’s Story


Ashlee shares her experience having now had COVID-19, and what it means as a healthcare professional and a person living with Type 1 diabetes.MORE

The Latest on COVID-19 From Dr. Anne Peters


Dr. Anne Peters took time to check in about COVID-19 and give us her latest updates, especially pertaining to diabetes care as this situation is unfolding.MORE

Protect Your Loved Ones: A Husband’s Perspective on T1D and COVID-19


Jorge opens up about how he came to realize the seriousness of COVID-19 and the steps he is taking to protect his family.MORE

Parenting Chronic Illness In A Pandemic: One Mom’s Perspective From Spain


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Beyond Type 1 Supports Smarter Healthcare Coalition (SHCC) in Urging Congress to Expand Telehealth Coverage


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Living with an Invisible Illness During a Pandemic


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