Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for IBD Patients
Appointment Changes at Cincinnati Children’s
We have resumed scheduling new second opinion visits for IBD appointments.
We are resuming regular follow-up visits either in person or as virtual Telehealth appointments. We are in the process of resuming elective outpatient procedures and rescheduling cancelled procedures. You will be contacted regarding this rescheduling.
If you have questions for your clinical team, contact them via MyChart or call the GI office for more urgent concerns at 513-636-4415.
Info on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and COVID-19
- It is important to emphasize that we do not have substantial data to demonstrate that patients with IBD are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.
- You should continue to take all your IBD medications as prescribed. If you are on prednisone for a flare, contact your provider to review your taper plan.
- All infusion visits should remain scheduled. For Liberty infusions, enter through the first-floor entrance and check in at the registration desk. They will escort you on a separate route to the infusion area that will not go through the Emergency Department.
- If you develop a sore throat, fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call to review your symptoms. We will come up with a plan for when you would need to be seen, if COVID-19 testing will be recommended, and whether you should stop any of your medications until you are well.
- You should stay home except for essential activities such as getting food, medications and health care visits. Try to limit the number of trips out of the home per week, such as grocery shopping once weekly.
- We recommend following standard practices to avoid any viral illness:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Avoid all travel on cruise ships worldwide, as well as all non-essential domestic and international air travel for your child if they are on immunosuppressive medications.
- For the most up-to-date information specific for IBD patients, visit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation website: What IBD patients should know about novel 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19)