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Stay informed on what we know about COVID-19 and Diabetes

Our knowledge of diabetes and COVID-19, which creates risk of serious complications for those living with chronic illnesses, is evolving rapidly. To make sense of it all, our team is reviewing the latest science, convening experts, and offering wisdom from our patients on how they are coping.

COVID-19 Webinar Series

New Rules for Driving Behavior Change: Featuring Bestselling Author Nir Eyal

Tuesday, August 11 @ 7 am PT / 10 am ET

Nir Eyal encourages us to look at the systemic problem of chronic disease programs from a fresh perspective—behavior change, and how to build evergreen systems to sustain it.

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5 New Rules for Driving Behavior Change: Featured Bestselling Author Nir Eyal

Comcast: Leveraging a New Virtual Care Model for Diabetes

Tuesday, August 25 @ 9am PT / 12 pm ET

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes often means a life sentence of insulin injections, exorbitant costs, and debilitating complications. Recently, large employers, like Comcast, have begun offering a different kind of treatment to their population—clinically-proven diabetes reversal. 

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5 New Rules for Driving Behavior Change: Featured Bestselling Author Nir Eyal

Past Webinars

Diabetes and Health Plan Strategy: Adapting to the New ADA Standards of Care

Perspectives from former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Steve Martin, and former American Diabetes Association CMO Dr. Bob Ratner.

Tuesday, July 21

How COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare Forever: Featuring Don Berwick and Bob Kocher

Chief healthcare architects predict top 5 healthcare transformations to endure after COVID-19.

Wednesday, June 24

Measuring Health Solution Impact: How to Sniff Out Tricks, Traps, and Misdirection

Executives at Validation Institute and Willis Towers Watson share bullet-proof frameworks to fact-check health vendor outcomes.

Wednesday, June 10

Patient Voices: Living with Diabetes During COVID-19

Actionable advice on how to support your employees and members through the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 20

COVID-19 & Telehealth: New Imperatives for Remote Treatment of Diabetes

Tackling the COVID-19 health crisis is requiring the use of telemedicine on a dramatically increased scale.

Thursday, April 30

COVID-19 and Diabetes: What We Know, What We Don't

A panel discussion featuring some of the nation's leading experts in diabetes and infectious disease.

Wednesday, April 8

What we know about COVID-19 and Diabetes

Updated April 27, 2020

Those living with diabetes are at more risk from infections related to the novel coronavirus, including severe complications and markedly increased mortality, roughly 3x compared to the general population, but do not appear to be more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Controlling blood sugar is likely a modifiable risk factor to minimize the severity of COVID-19 infection in people with diabetes. While acknowledging possible difficulties, we recommend that people with diabetes take measures to achieve tight blood sugar control.

We also recommend that those living with diabetes take extra precautions against infection including limiting occasions in public spaces (like grocery stores) wearing a face mask in public, and diligently following all social-distancing rules.

Dr. Robert Ratner, Chief Medical Officer of Virta Health, discusses the latest evidence around COVID-19 and Diabetes

Latest Updates

Our expert clinicians are combing through the latest literature to explain in clear terms what we know—and what we don’t—about COVID-19 and diabetes. We will be updating this content as frequently as possible over the coming weeks.

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Dr. Sarah Hallberg

Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS

Medical Director, Virta Health

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health. Before joining Virta, Dr. Hallberg founded Indiana University Arnett's Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program where she still serves as Medical Director.

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The Science Behind COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes

A presentation summary of the latest COVID-19 and type 2 diabetes science from Dr. Sarah Hallberg.

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COVID-19 and Diabetes: What We Know, What We Don't

A panel discussion featuring some of the nation's leading experts in diabetes and infectious disease.

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Rick and Hector, Virta patients

COVID-19 didn’t stop Rick and Hector from reversing type 2 diabetes

Two patients in California recently started their Virta journeys to reverse their type 2 diabetes, right as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country.

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Resources

From The American Diabetes Association, to diaTribe, to the CDC, these organizations are providing valuable resources to shed light on the connection between COVID-19 and diabetes. Have others that you like? Let us know here.