Every Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patient needs to know the difficulty of making the choices to stay home sick from work and school, and the difficulty not going outside to home because of IBD symptoms. With the spread of coronavirus, now it has become even more stressful for sufferers to make decisions about navigating their everyday life.

As we can see, there is a lot of information in the news about coronavirus (COVID-19), and you may be concerned. The foundation is here to make sense of the information and take the care advised by the Centres for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC)

What Is Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coronavirus is a large group of viruses that create disease ranging from the common cold to more severe disorders, for example, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

This virus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. People who are affected with this virus come in close contact with others who take the infection. It grows through the passing of viral particles via sneezing and coughing.

Coronavirus is identified in Wuhan, China, and has been spreading quickly. According to NBC News Report, above 158,000 people have been sickened and 6,000+ have died of the coronavirus since the start of January. And 60+ countries have confirmed coronavirus cases.

What Are The Symptoms Of Coronavirus?

From the cases reported on COVID-19, signs or symptoms can range from mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including:

  • Tightness Of Chest
  • Fever
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Cough

A large number of patients have also experienced pneumonia as a complication of the virus.

Who’s At High Risk? 

Well, anyone can catch the disease, but a few populations are more exposed to its more severe side effects.

As the virus is new, scientists are still researching or learning a lot about it. But specific risk populations include people living with chronic, the elderly, and pregnant individuals.

People who have died from this virus had underlying health conditions, for example, cardiovascular, disordered, hypertension, or diabetes, which weaken their immune systems.

According to the research conducted by Global News, 10% of the mortality rate for coronavirus patients had heart disease, and about 7% had diabetes.

General Recommendations To Protect Yourself From the Coronavirus

Well, there are precautionary steps you can take to secure yourself from vulnerability to viruses. The CDC suggests the below-mentioned ways to limit your risk of infection:

  • Try not to touch your mouth, nose, and eyes if you have not washed your hands.
  • Do not make close contact with people who are sick.
  • If soap or water is not available to you, you should use a sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Here are also some other steps to take if you are not feeling well, or you seem lit bit symptoms of COVID-19.

Prevent Spreading

If you feel sick, prevent spreading by taking measure, for example,

  • Stay at home
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surface that you usually touch
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue

Prevent Exposure

One of the best ways to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The more useful method to do this is to prevent people who are sick. Precautionary Included:

  • Try not to touch your mouth, nose, eyes when hands are unwashed
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol if soaps are not available
  • Wash hands often. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds

The foundation has compiled specific IBD recommendations from WHO, CDC and other credible sources.

Self-Isolating

It may be suggested if Coronavirus is suspect or if immunity is low. This will prevent the disease from spreading to others:

  • Avoid public transport, for example, taxis, train or buses
  • Not going to school, office or public areas
  • Avoid having visitors at home, but family and friends can provide mandatory things or items like medications, groceries, or other shopping.

Coronavirus and IBD 

Colitis and Crohn’s created a guide to suggest people with IBD to stay protected from Coronavirus.

Sufferers who take immunosuppressants for Crohn’s illness or Ulcerative Colitis are not at any risk of catching the virus; however, they may be at a high risk of difficulties from the infection if they do get infected.

In many circumstances, it is suggested to continue with current therapy to overcome the possible risk for an IBD flare. But it is always great to get advice from a medical practitioner by telephone if signs of either Coronavirus develop or seasonal Influenza.

Now there is no particular recommendation of Coronavirus for people with IBD. But it’s necessary to keep up to date with the information about it.

In general, sufferers should continue taking immunosuppressant therapy and avoid travel to affected areas. If travel is essential, the risk should be discussed with a doctor.

You can also contact the IBD clinics network with additional questions.

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