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By kristalamb
Posted date: March 27, 2020

COVID-19 virus cells

Like all organizations, Diabetes Action Canada has felt the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our team members have seen their roles adapt or change during this time. Please read our recent update to learn more about how we are adapting to this new normal. 

With so much information about the coronavirus and COVID-19 circulating, we wanted to share some of the best information currently available to help those living with diabetes manage during this challenging time.

In April, Diabetes Action Canada held an open forum where our Patient Partners could ask their questions about COVID-19 to a number of leading experts in the diabetes field. We have created a detailed FAQ based on these discussions.

The resources below come from our partners, who are working with leading experts to answer your questions and manage your concerns.

This year, more than ever, a flu shot is important. Here are some resources you might find helpful:

From the Government of Canada

From the Government of Ontario

Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines on Diabetes and the Flu Shot

And more resources on diabetes and COVID-19:

Managing type 2 diabetes during COVID-19: a guide for primary care providers.

Diabetes Action Canada has joined organizations around the world in a simple goal: tap into the power of the global diabetes community to save lives. Learn more about this initiative and find resources at

Diabetes Canada has a full section on their website dedicated to answering frequently asked questions about diabetes and COVID-19, as well as providing useful links and resources: Diabetes Canada – COVID-19 Resource Centre

JDRF Canada also has a dedicated section of their website specifically for those living with type 1 diabetes: JDRF – Coronavirus and Type 1 Diabetes – What You Need to Know.

The JDRF site includes information from endocrinologists and experts, as well as links to other resources, including this helpful video by endocrinologist Dr. Anne Peters, which has been posted by Beyond Type 1. 

For parents of children with type 1 diabetes, the Canadian Paediatric Society has put together a resource that looks at issues such as DKA risk, and answers many questions about COVID-19 and your child.

Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University have also created a COVID-19 resource for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.

The BETTER project brings together patient-partners who live with type 1 diabetes, parents of children with type 1 diabetes, researchers, health professionals and decision-makers who are already involved and who want to advance research to improve clinical practices, treatments, and quality of life for people who live with type 1 diabetes. They have a wealth of information on their website about type 1 diabetes and COVID-19.

Our colleagues at Can-Solve CKD Network have posted a list of useful resources for those who are living with kidney disease or renal conditions, which you can access on their website.

For some people with diabetes or their caregivers, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant managing wound care from home. To better support this, Wounds Canada has provided resources on how to safely change dressings.

The American Diabetes Association also has information available about diabetes and COVID-19, including a feed featuring relevant research papers.

Beyond Type 1 is an American organization, so not all of the information on their COVID-19 resource pages will be relevant to Canadians. However, they have a wealth of excellent resources you may find helpful or interesting. Their overview page is a good option for information on a number of topics.

The team at UHN has developed a page where you can find the latest scientific findings and accurate information on COVID-19. This page is aimed at healthcare professionals and also includes some useful tips for  self-care.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on these websites:



Life Inside the Loop

Experts Living with Diabetes at the Heart of Diabetes Action Canada Study

Experts Living with Diabetes at the Heart of Diabetes Action Canada Study