Click here to see the National Celiac Association's [our parent organization] update on Covid-19 as it relates to those who have celiac disease.
What to do if a person with celiac disease tests positive for COVID-19
The CDCTrusted Source currently recommend those with mild COVID-19 symptoms stay home to treat their symptoms. Ideally, a person with celiac disease and COVID-19 can stay at home and recover.
If a person with celiac disease does require hospitalization and can eat, they must notify the hospital that they have celiac disease and need a gluten-free diet.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires hospitals to provide gluten-free foods. However, hospitals may have limited food options, given food shortages and transportation concerns due to COVID-19.
However, many hospitals offer gluten-free foods as a standard part of their menu. These include:
Doctors and researchers are continually gathering data about COVID-19, including its incidence and recovery.
As more information becomes available, researchers may be able to identify if there are links between the COVID-19 and celiac disease, especially when it comes to mortality and disease severity.
Researchers are collecting information about the incidence of COVID-19 in people with certain medical conditions, including celiac disease.
Maintaining control and preventing active celiac disease, as well as taking preventive measures against COVID-19, can be a person’s best chance to maintain their overall health.
Anyone with celiac disease that thinks that they may have developed COVID-19 should call their doctor or hospital before going in-person. Their medical facility can direct them as to which steps to take to receive a diagnosis and treatment.
The National Celiac Association helped develop the language of a Bill proposed to the Congressional floor on April 3, 2019. H.R. 2074, The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019 was introduced by Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Tom Cole (R-OK). If passed, this Bill will mandate that gluten be labeled on medications, helping all those in the gluten-free community.
Please support this Bill by calling or writing to your local representatives. For more information, visit congress.gov.