How to Best Manage IBD During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, it’s important to stay updated on what that can mean for you, especially for those with pre-existing conditions. Common symptoms can include fever, shortness of breath and a dry cough, but some of those infected may show no symptoms at all. FlexCare Infusion Centers is working hard to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus with new procedures and updating information. Here’s everything our patients need to know about managing IBD during the COVID-19 outbreak:


Implications of Covid-19 on Patients with IBD

After contracting the virus, weakened immune systems can put IBD patients at greater risk of developing COVID-19 related complications than the general population. Although there’s no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 occurs more frequently in IBD patients, the pre-existing condition can make it harder on their systems. IBD patients should take greater care to minimize risk of contracting COVID-19 by following social distancing guidelines set by the CDC.


Continue to Take Your Recommended IBD Medications

As risk from the novel coronavirus continues to increase in many communities, it’s important to maintain your doctor-recommended medications. Many IBD medications are not considered immune suppressants, meaning that they will not make an impact on your body’s immune system. Since some IBD medications tend to inhibit the body’s immune response to viral infections, ask your doctor what the best course of action is for you. Many health professionals are encouraging patients to continue biologics treatments, and FlexCare Infusion Centers is still providing treatment for those patients in need.


Minimizing the Risk of Contracting COVID-19

Any person previously diagnosed with a pre-existing condition should take greater care to minimize their risk of contracting COVID-19. The guidelines set in place by the CDC state that all individuals should stay home as often as possible, while only leaving the house for food or medical emergency situations. Flattening the curve is the best solution for ensuring hospitals have the space available to treat the most at-risk patients. Remember to frequently wash your hands, groceries and disinfect your home as the virus continues to spread across the world.

FlexCare Infusion Centers is taking a series of extra precautions to prevent patients from contracting COVID-19. Some of which include providing a private room for all patients, pre-screening all patients prior to appointments and using enhanced cleaning procedures for all surfaces with EPA approved disinfectants. Treatment is still essential, especially during this trying time for everyone, to ensure that your health remains in optimal conditions. Want to learn more about managing an autoimmune disease? Check out our blog today!

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