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We're here to support everyone with Crohn's and Colitis through the coronavirus pandemic. This page will help you access the most up-to-date information about the virus, and get the support you need.

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Your risk level and extra precautions 

Finding out your risk level

  • Some people with Crohn's and Colitis will be at an increased risk of complications from coronavirus. Find out more in our detailed information on risk, which includes a decision tree to help you quickly work out your risk level
  • The IBD Registry's COVID-19 UK IBD Tool can also accurately assess your risk, and provide you with a personalised PDF explaining your risk level if you need to show employers

Specific guidance for various risk levels

  • Our Terminology Table is a quick guide to what you're currently able to do depending on your risk group
  • If you're in the high risk group (clinically extremely vulnerable), we have up-to-date information on precautions the government is currently recommending you to take, including shielding

Hearing from the experts

  • We're hosting Facebook Lives with expert clinicians on various aspects of coronavirus relevant to those with Crohn's and Colitis. Follow us on social media for the latest updates. You can view past events on our YouTube channel.


Catching coronavirus

I had many of the symptoms, including a fever, cough and loss of taste and smell but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I imagined it would be. I had some lingering fatigue for probably 2 or 3 weeks after I recovered, but then got back to full health.

Marcus
Living with Colitis

Vaccines

  • You can have the coronavirus vaccine if you have Crohn's or Colitis. We have the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus vaccine, including who will be prioritisied to have it first, if it's safe for people with Crohn's and Colitis, and if it will be effective for those on immunosuppressant medicines.
  • Hear from Heather, who lives with Crohn's, on her experience of having the coronavirus vaccine.
  • It's more important than ever to have the flu vaccine this year to keep yourself well. Find out more in our flu information.

 

I’ve had my first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. As far as my experience so far goes, it's been okay. I'm prepared to take what I view as a positive risk, for the possible chance of regaining some normality.

Heather
Living with Crohn's

Your experiences

83% of you have found our information about coronavirus, including tools to identify your risk level, helpful


Supporting you through daily life


Looking after yourself

Continue your self-care routine; still get up, showered and dressed even if you can't leave the house. It just helps you still feel human. 

Lauren

Coming together for good

  • Take part in coronavirus research
  • We’ve put together some virtual fundraising ideas to help you have fun with friends, family and colleagues and keep supporting people living with Crohn’s and Colitis at the same time.
  • Since coronavirus has hit the UK, our community has needed our support and guidance more than ever. Help us continue to rise to the challenge. Donate now.

Life at Crohn's & Colitis UK

  • Read about the measures we've taken to rebuild and change due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Today, IBD teams all over the UK are pointing patients in our direction for coronavirus information. Find out how our Knowledge and Evidence team are keeping up with the crisis to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • One of our Helplines Officers, Anna, explains how the team have been helping people and answers some important coronavirus questions along the way in her blog.

We’re still experiencing an exceptionally high demand for information. We’re also working remotely which is a big change for us but we’re still supporting each other with catch ups at the start and the end of the day.

Anna
Helplines Team Member

We know that the coronavirus panedmic has been difficult for many of you. If you have any questions or need to talk, you can contact our confidential Helpline via email, telephone or Live Chat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.