Family Members of IBD Patients
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 and people who live with high risk individuals should:
Take steps to minimize COVID-19 transmission including sticking to a very small, consistent social circle and avoiding gathering in groups
Avoid in-person gatherings where physical distancing is not possible and people are not wearing masks
Try to work from home. If not possible, speak to your employer about physical distancing at work
Wear a mask in closed indoor spaces or outdoors with others for a prolonged time
Clean your residence as well as possible to avoid transmission of the virus. Instructions for disinfecting your residence are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
While doing these activities, always maintain a distance of at least 2 arms-length (approximately 2 metres) from others
Be aware of local information on numbers of people with COVID-19 in your community (consult your provincial/territorial and municipal health websites); consider additional measures if community cases are increasing or high
Refer to our guidance for more information on how to self-isolate at home when you may have been exposed and have no symptoms
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.
Last Updated: October 7, 2020
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