Celiac Disease and COVID-19

Updated: Jul 25

Regardless if you have celiac disease or not, continue to take the standard precautions until the coronavirus passes by following the guidelines issued by the y affecting the older population. So what about if you have Celiac Disease that is currently being managed accordingly but you are older and also suffer from Heart Disease? So far the statistics are showing people with such conditions seem to be more affected rather than isolating celiac disease as a precursor.

When it comes to people with autoimmune conditions, the uncertainty gives rise to more fears. What’s worse is that many “Twitter doctors” like to post incorrect information that makes the situation scarier than it actually is.


Today, we will be talking about COVID-19 and Celiac Disease.

Many people think that if they have celiac disease, they are immune-compromised and that’s not entirely true.


While it is true that celiac disease does have something to do with your immune system, it does not mean that your immune system is not functioning at all.


In the case of celiac disease, your immune system is auto-respondent when it shouldn’t be. This is different from the immune system being suppressed in conditions like AIDS or someone having low levels of IgA Antibodies. According to The Celiac Disease Foundation Medical Advisory Board, celiac disease patients are not immunocompromised.


Are people with celiac disease at a higher risk of contracting the Coronavirus?

The first thing that you need to know is that there isn’t a lot of research that discusses celiac disease and coronavirus and how can there be when this is a very young situation for the world to deal with. The good news is that there is no evidence that claims that people with celiac disease are more vulnerable to the virus.


Obviously, people with untreated, active celiac disease are not only vulnerable to COVID-19, but also a host of other health issues. If you do have an active celiac disease and you don’t observe a strict gluten-free diet, then your immune system will be susceptible to any viral infection for that matter. Therefore, take care of your condition rather than worrying about the implications of the virus.


So far the links appear to show that Covid-19 affects people more with significant underlying health issues like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and is typically effecting the older population. So what about if you have Celiac Disease that is currently being managed accordingly but you are older and also suffer from Heart Disease? So far the statistics are showing people with such conditions seem to be more affected rather that isolating celiac disease as a precursor.


If you are taking immunosuppressant medications to treat other significant health conditions, then you may be at a higher risk of getting the Coronavirus. However, this is usually not the case with people who have celiac disease managed well.




Access to gluten-free food

One of the best things you can do right now is to continue to maintain a healthy gluten-free diet and eating gluten-free food. However, how do you do this when the isles at your grocery store are empty of your favorite gluten-free pasta?

So far the links appear to show that Covid-19 affects people more with significant underlying health issues like diabetes, cancer, heart disease and is typically affecting the older population.


So what about if you have Celiac Disease that is currently being managed accordingly but you are older and also suffer from Heart Disease? So far the statistics are showing people with such conditions seem to be more affected rather than isolating celiac disease as a precursor. us to eat even healthier during this time by preparing more of our own snack items, eating more freshly prepared meals of fruit and veggies and generally having a break from processed foods.

Regardless if you have celiac disease or not, continue to take the standard precautions until the corona virus passes by following the guidelines issued by the CDC.

  1. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content if soap and water are not available

  2. Don’t touch your face without washing your hands

  3. Wear masks when you go out in public

  4. Put distance between yourself and others

Check out this short video from Dr Allessio Fassano (one of the Celiac Disease Guru’s) on the relationship between Coronavirus and Celiac Disease.



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