The JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance Releases Recommendations for People with Diabetes During COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, two of the world’s leading diabetes organizations released guidance on high-impact COVID-19 prevention recommendations for people with diabetes. The JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance brought together leaders of the global diabetes community to develop recommendations to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and to keep people safe. The suggested guidelines are endorsed by the American Diabetes Association, Harvard Medical School, and The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) and can be found at coronavirusdiabetes.org.
Members of the diabetes community are among the most vulnerable to severe complications and death caused by the coronavirus. While not everyone with diabetes — Type 1 or Type 2 — has the same level of risk, the recommendations target broad changes in behavior from everyone in the diabetes community to protect those who are the most at risk.
“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,” CEOs Aaron Kowalski and Thom Scher of the JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance said in a joint statement. “Together, we can tap into the power of the global diabetes community to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.” Kowalski is President and CEO of JDRF and Scher is President and CEO of Beyond Type 1.
An estimated 463 million adults live with diabetes worldwide and to reach this vast community, a global digital campaign has been launched with the help of 50 partner organizations around the world.
Sharing partners include the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES), Arogya World, Asociación DiaVida, Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes, the Brazilian Diabetes Society, Canada Pediatric Society, Carb DM, The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Children With Diabetes, The diaTribe Foundation, College Diabetes Network, Connected In Motion, CUI.D.AR Argentina, Diabète Québec, Diabetes Action Canada, Diabetes Canada, Diabetes Education & Camping Association (DECA), Diabetes Hope Foundation, Diabetes Online Community (#dedoc°), Diabetes Sports Project, Diabetes Youth Families, Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe (diabetesDE), DiabetesSisters, Diabetes Strong, Diabetes India Youth In Action (DIYA), Endocrine Society, Federación de Asociaciones de Diabetes de Canarias, Fondation Haïtienne de Diabète et de Maladies Cardio-Vasculaires (FHADIMAC), Fondazione Italiana Diabete, Fundación Aprendiendo a Vivir con Diabetes (FUVIDA), Sant Joan de Déu – Barcelona Children’s Hospital, I Challenge Diabetes, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Diabetes Federation Europe, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Life For A Child, Maggiore Hospital, Marjorie’s Fund, Federación Mexicana de Diabetes, A.C., National Association of School Nurses (NASN), National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council (NDVLC), NCD Alliance, Riding On Insulin (ROI), Samatvan Centre, T1D Exchange, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), The Human Trial, Tidepool, and We Are Diabetes. The website and campaign materials are now available in Spanish and English, with an ongoing goal of translation into as many languages as possible.
Along with the list of recommendations, coronavirusdiabetes.org includes a variety of other articles, downloadable graphics, videos, and links to additional resources provided by JDRF, Beyond Type 1, and other partners. Organizations and companies looking to help in the effort can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JDRF – Beyond Type 1 Alliance, established in 2019, is an innovative partnership designed to amplify each organization’s strengths and provide greater support for those impacted by T1D. The Alliance combines the power of JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, and Beyond Type 1, the organization with the largest online community of any diabetes nonprofit. The work of the Alliance centers around three core pillars: community programs, advocacy, and communications + education. Find more information about the Alliance here.