Coronavirus (COVID 19)



General advice on COVID-19

Up to date information on what COVID-19 is, the symptoms you can get, social distancing and self isolation can be found on NHS Inform or call the helpline on 0800 0282816

NHS Inform advice on social distancing and protecting older and vulnerable people


Advice on diabetes and COVID-19

Up to date information can be found at:

Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): tailored advice for those living with diabetes

Diabetes UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) – advice for people living with diabetes

MyDiabetesMyWay: Coronovirus - specific advice for people living with diabetes

JDRF Coronavirus (COVID-19) - information for people living with Type 1 diabetes

Managing worry about Covid-19 and Type 1 diabetes


Sick day guidance

Sick day guidance varies depending on your type of diabetes and the treatment you are on. Information for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be found on:

Tayside Diabetes MCN Patient Information

My Diabetes My Way


Diabetes and attendance at work

The diabetes team CANNOT give personalised advice about whether you should go to work. Please follow Government advice as it evolves.


Things to Consider

Experts report that if someone with well-managed diabetes does contract COVID-19, they are not necessarily at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. 


Those at greatest risk are people with consistently elevated blood sugar levels and those with a second condition (such as heart disease, kidney disease or lung disease).


Be vigilant - ensure you are aware of sick day rule guidance and follow this if you are unwell.

Be informed - familiarise yourself with the most up to date guidance on COVID-19 as detailed above.

Be prepared - ensure you have an adequate supply of medication, glucose monitoring equipment and if applicable ketone monitoring equipment & insulin pump supplies. Insulin Pump Warranties and Insulin Pump/CGM Consumables

Be advised - all routine out-patient appointments and retinal screening have been suspended until further notice. If you are worried or have acute visual disturbance, do not wait for your rescheduled screening appointment, please contact your community optician for an eye examination. Further information on the screening programmes is available at NHS Inform Screening or call 0800 22 44 88

Be mindful – looking after your mental as well as physical wellbeing is also important. Further resources can be found at: