Important Information: The Coronavirus and Liver Disease
March 9, 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is mainly spread from person to person through people who are in close contact with one another, touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes or from respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. Learn more about how the illness spreads here.
Older people and those with serious chronic medical conditions, including liver disease patients, are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from this virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if a coronavirus outbreak happens in your community, it could last a long time. If you are at a higher risk for serious illness from the coronavirus because you have liver disease, it is important to take actions to reduce your risk of being exposed. These actions may slow the spread and reduce the impact of the disease.
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from Coronavirus, you should follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations:
Stock up on supplies
Speak to your medical team about stocking up on necessary medications. If that is not possible, consider using mail-order prescriptions.
- Buy essential household items and groceries so that you are prepared to stay home if there is an outbreak.
Take everyday precautions
- Avoid other people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- If you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 % alcohol
Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces of your home
Avoid crowds as much as possible
- Try to avoid any area or events with a large number of people, especially areas that are not well ventilated.
If you feel sick or have any symptoms- stay home
- Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
Liver Disease patients should still be attending their regular scheduled medical appointments or ask your doctor if they offer telemedicine consultation as an alternative to a physical clinical visit. If you have any concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.
For liver disease patients and/or transplant recipients, contact your healthcare professional or hepatologist with any questions or concerns regarding travel.
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