JDRF letter about Type 1 and COVID-19
|For JDRF, the health and well-being of everyone in the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community is paramount. As we learn more about the potential impacts of COVID-19, which has now been declared a National Emergency, we know you will have questions and concerns.
Many of us, myself included, live every day with T1D, and more of us have loved ones with this disease. So we want to share the most up-to-date information to stay well as soon as we have it. We’ll be continually updating our website, JDRF.org as we know more, but here’s what we know now:
Right now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The risk currently may be low in your community. Yet the situation is rapidly evolving so we are advising everyone with T1D to follow precautions similar to what we recommend during flu season.
However, as in any possible emergency, it is important to be prepared. Stock your home with diabetes medical supplies and carbohydrates for at least 14 days, in case you are quarantined.
If you were planning to attend a JDRF event in the coming weeks, please know JDRF will be following the recommendations about pubic gatherings and postponing all JDRF events through April 19. We are exploring different approaches to our events through the use of streaming technology and other virtual alternatives. You will hear more about this from your local chapters.
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Again, we will keep you apprised as the situation unfolds. During this time, we must all work together — with both caution and creativity — and never lose sight of our mission to create a world without T1D.
Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D.