Family Members of IBD Patients

family Members of People with IBD

If you are a family member living in the same household as a high-risk person with IBD, you should avoid being in close proximity with other people, who might give your family member COVID-19, resulting in transmission to you. Family members should:
  • Try to avoid in-person meetings

  • Try to work from home; if not possible, speak to your employer about physical distancing at work

  • Use services for vulnerable people (e.g. special grocery store times, pharmacy delivery, etc.)

  • Clean your residence as best as possible to avoid transmission of the virus; instructions for disinfecting your residence are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you are a family member living in the same household as a high-risk or medium-risk person with IBD, and you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you should consider self-isolating in a part of the house where you have minimal contact with the IBD patients.

Contact your local public health authority for further instructions.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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