Coeliac disease and coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (covid-19) is an illness that can affect the lungs and airways.
There is some emerging research specifically looking at the risk to people with coeliac disease of catching covid-19, and the risk of having more severe disease. The research to date should be reassuring as there does not appear to be an increased risk of catching covid-19 for people with coeliac disease. In addition research from Sweden has found that there does not appear to be an increased risk of hospitalisation from covid-19 or having severe covid-19 in people with coeliac disease. There is still a lot more to learn about covid-19 and the impact on people with other medical conditions. The research published so far has not investigated the long term effects of covid-19 such as “long covid”, where people have symptoms lasting weeks or months after the infection has gone.
Throughout the pandemic, we have been in contact with our Health Advisory Council (HAC), a group of key health experts working in coeliac disease, who continue to advise us as the situation develops. We will continue to keep our information updated as things can change - – including information on the vaccination rollout.
You can read more about how we’ve been helping our gluten free community to get through the pandemic in our Coronavirus Hub. You’ll find practical resources on finding gluten free food, keeping busy, and preventing loneliness.
What should I be doing as a patient with coeliac disease to protect me most from coronavirus?
- Continue to follow the relevant guidance for your country (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) which is being updated on a regular basis and is the best place to go to for the latest information and guidance. Follow their advice to try and keep yourself safe.
- Make sure you follow a strict gluten free diet, which is the treatment for coeliac disease.
- We will continue to be in contact with our Health Advisory Council, a group of key health experts working in coeliac disease, who continue to advise us as the situation develops.
- Please don’t feel alone. We are here to help and we have a vibrant social media community. We have a range of services to support you on your gluten free diet, including our Coronavirus Hub.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve collated your most Frequently Asked Questions about coronavirus and coeliac disease for you to read here, including questions on who is in the clinically vulnerable category – you can also find this information at the bottom of this page.
We also asked a member of our HAC, Dr Peter Gillett for his view on some of the key questions we received at the beginning of the pandemic on our Helpline and social media networks, which you can read here.