COVID-19 Recommendations for People with Diabetes

Prevention Strategies

  • Stock up on food & essential items
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Facemasks are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for those who do not exhibit any symptoms of the coronavirus (cough, shortness of breath, fever); however, those who do exhibit symptoms should don a facemask when in public (if available).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue, if available, and throw it in trash after use. If no tissue is available, sneeze into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently
  • Stay home as much as possible, distance yourself from other people when out in public
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap is not available, use a good hand sanitizer (alcohol-based) for a minimum of 15 seconds.
  • Wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, when visibly dirty and upon returning home.
  • Avoid shaking hands and opt for an elbow cross or fist bump as a greeting instead.


  • Take your diabetes medications and all other medications as ordered, unless your provider tells you otherwise.
  • Order a 90 Day supply
  • Keep a printed or written list of all medications (you can print a list in MY Chart in EPIC).

Technology Preparedness

  • Access to technology, Wi-Fi could be limited. Supplies could be delayed if you wear a CGM (Sensor like Libre or Dexcom G6) or insulin pump.
  • Have both long acting (like Lantus or Basaglar) and rapid acting or mealtime (Humalog or Novolog) and find out how much to take. Ask your provider to send an order in the event you need to obtain from pharmacy.
  • Have extra batteries on hand if your device uses them.
  • Check supplies for a backup meter. Do you have test strips that are not expired, lancets? You can buy a basic meter and supplies (ie. Relion brand over the counter at a low cost).

Diabetes Emergency Kit

Building a “diabetes kit” now can save a lot of worry and time when a disaster strikes. Check out this handy guide and checklist.

Additional Resources