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COVID-19 resource website launched for people with diabetes

The “power of the global diabetes community” is being further strengthened as a new website has been launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoronavirusDiabetes.org has been developed to advise people with diabetes the best way to establish and maintain strict personal hygiene, minimise physical interaction with others and help reduce their health risk when out in public.

The central reference site was created by the JDRF-Beyond Type 1 Alliance and has been endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, Harvard Medical School and the International Society for Pediatric Adolescent Diabetes.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Turkish, the website also provides advice on what to do should a person with diabetes contracts COVID-19, people’s stories about how they coped when they became ill with the virus and a range of toolkits for people with diabetes to follow.

There are also downloadable graphics, videos and links to additional resources available.

In a joint statement CEOs Aaron Kowalski and Thom Scher of the JDRF-Beyond Type 1 Alliance said: “With the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus adding new challenges, fears and uncertainties, it’s critical to provide people with diabetes and their loved ones with these recommendations from some of the most trusted medical professionals in our field.

“Together, we can tap into the power of the global diabetes community to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

Established in 2019, the JDRF-Beyond Type 1 Alliance is an innovative partnership designed to amplify each organisation’s strengths and provide greater support for those impacted by type 1 diabetes.

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