Press release

American Diabetes Association® Update on COVID-19 and ADA Events

March 13, 2020 | Arlington, Virginia

The health and safety of those we serve continues to be the top priority of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). At this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. We agree with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a serious public health threat—and older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, are at a higher risk of getting very sick from it. The CDC reports that people in places where ongoing community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on the location.

We know that COVID-19 is fluid and evolving so the ADA is operating under an abundance of caution as we continue to monitor the situation closely. We are evaluating upcoming social events, including our signature fundraising events (Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes® and Tour de Cure®). We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local health authorities and will communicate any event postponements or cancellations as soon as possible. 

The ADA has resources for people with diabetes at We continue to encourage people with diabetes to follow the guidance of the CDC and to review their diabetes sick day protocols.

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About the American Diabetes Association
Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).