Coeliac Disease and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Society has received several enquiries from members about COVID-19 and coeliac disease.
The advice from our Clinical Advisory Group is that presently, there is no evidence that coeliac disease in itself imparts a higher risk of serious illness with COVID-19, but there will be people with coeliac disease who do fall within categories of higher risk for serious infection as per the HSE guidelines. Those people with coeliac disease who have other chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus or diabetes, will fall into this risk category.
You are more at risk of serious illness if you catch coronavirus and you:
- are 60 years of age and over
- are pregnant
- live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
- have a long-term medical condition – for example, a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease or cancer
- have a weak immune system – for example, if you have diabetes or you’re having chemotherapy
- are a child with a moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy
- are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
- were born with Down syndrome
Hyposplenism is occasionally seen in older coeliac patients with multiple autoimmune diseases and in those with refractory coeliac disease. There is no evidence that hyposplenism increases the risk of coronavirus infection.
For guidance on reducing your risk of contracting covid 19 please refer to https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html
If you have symptoms of Covid -19 you must self-isolate, please follow the HSE guidelines:
We will update this information as and when they are changes in public health guidance from the HSE.