Are people with CF more likely to be impacted by COVID-19?
People with CF are not more likely to contract the virus. However, anyone with a respiratory illness such as CF, is at higher risk of experiencing more severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs) and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory failure.
What precautions should people living with Cystic Fibrosis take related to COVID-19?
The same infection prevention precautions being advised to the general population are also recommended for people living with CF. This includes frequent hand washing, staying at home and only leaving for essential reasons, avoiding crowds, and if away from home, practicing social/physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people.
People living with CF should maintain their regular daily care regimens and continue their usual medications and treatments to keep themselves healthy.
Questions about your personal risk factors should be directed to your clinic team or physician who can help you determine if you should take additional precautions and provide specific advice
Is it safe to go to a CF clinic?
We encourage people who have questions or concerns to contact their CF clinic care team directly for accurate and updated information.
CF clinics maintain a high standard of care and follow isolation precautions to ensure your health and safety. If clinic scheduling changes, your clinic team will contact you to make alternative arrangements for your care. You can also talk with your clinic team about options for postponing routine clinic visits during this time or making virtual visits by phone or computer using mediums like Skype, Zoom or FaceTime.
Recommendations and the CF Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines has been shared with CF clinics in Canada.
All CF clinics in Canada have an infection prevention and control system in place and follow protocols (ex: wearing gowns and gloves). Many of the measures taken by healthcare professionals and staff at CF clinics have been in practice much before the COVID-19 outbreak to minimize the risk of cross-infections. CF clinics in Canada maintain a high standard of care and follow isolation precautions to ensure the health and safety of all patients.
Should I increase my supply of medicines?
It is recommended that you have at least one month of medicine supplies. At this time, it would appear there are no CF medication shortages caused by COVID-19.
Should I self-isolate? Is it safe for me/my loved one/people I live with to go to work/school/public gatherings?
It is recommended that everyone stay at home and only go out for essential work or when shopping for essentials. Should you have to go out, take every precaution to distance yourself from others by at least 2 meters (6 feet).
Adults with CF are encouraged to work remotely whenever possible. For jobs that cannot be done remotely, explore possible alternatives with your employer.
Questions about your personal or child's risk factors should be directed to your clinic team or physician, who can help you determine if you should take additional precautions and provide specific advice.
Remember, social/physical distancing does not mean social isolation. Stay connected with family, friends and the community by phone, email, text, Facebook, Facetime, Skype or Zoom. Organize a family or community check-in.
Where do I find up-to-date information about COVID-19?
NATIONAL - Canadian Government