Below is the advice we are giving to transplant recipients adapted from CDC and the American Transplant Society recommendations. Below advice would also apply to patients on immunosuppressive and biologic medications, including those prescribed by dermatology, oncology, rheumatology and GI.
The information and questions below are designed to help give answers with currently available information as well as links to national and international websites for updated information.
We are recommending the following precautions to all our patients:
- Hand washing remains the most important prevention measure; wash your hands well with soap and water for at least 20 second or use hand sanitizer, especially before eating and before/after using the bathroom.
- Avoid touching your face including your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Cough and sneeze etiquette should be practiced (coughing or sneezing into a tissue which is then thrown away or coughing into the crook of one’s arm).
- Do not go to work/school/religious or social activities while ill. This is critical. Keep a distance (6 feet) from anyone who is coughing, appears ill, etc.
- Get your flu vaccine and ensure that all your family members have as well. We still have high levels of influenza in circulating and > 16,000 adults have died so far this year
- The use of masks is currently not recommended by the CDC or WHO unless one is ill or is caring for someone who is ill.
Are there any travel restrictions?
Travel restriction recommendations are likely to change over time. Check frequently for updated recommendations:
In general, it is best to postpone nonessential travel, particularly to countries where access to medical care may be limited. We also suggest that transplant recipients’ immediate household contacts not travel to areas that are considered high risk.
To ensure you have enough of the medication you need, many are recommending preparing by obtaining a 30 day supply of critical medicines to have on hand in case of an interruption, however please note not all insurance companies will cover this cost.
Please do NOT stop nor change any of your medications, including immunosuppressive medications, unless instructed by your physician.