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COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Posted on 04/03/2020 | Updated: 25/08/2020

We have been asked whether people who have been affected by Guillain-Barré syndrome, CIDP or one of the associated inflammatory neuropathies are more at risk from coronavirus COVID-19. The following information is a general guideline only. If you have other health conditions to take into consideration, please seek medical guidance.

GBS / acute variants

The advice for people who have had GBS is the same as for anyone else. A common misconception is that people who have had GBS have a weakened or damaged immune system – this isn’t the case, and you are no more or less likely to contract the coronavirus or to be adversely affected by it, unless you have other underlying health conditions, or are considered more vulnerable due to your age, etc.

CIDP / chronic variants

For those of you living with CIDP, or another of the chronic variants, you may have a suppressed immune system, depending on your treatment. Receiving immunoglobulin, either intravenously or subcutaneously, does not suppress your immune system, nor does plasmapheresis (aka plasma exchange or plex). However, if you take steroids, or other immunosuppressant drugs, then you are considered to be more vulnerable. If you are unsure, ask your GP or neurologist

Further information online

For up to date information on current guidelines where you live, please visit the relevant government website:
Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland

Check if you have coronavirus symptoms

Book a test online if you have coronavirus symptoms

Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19

Advice from the NHS, including how the most vulnerable should continue to protect themselves

BBC News online

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK data

World Health Organisation map showing location and numbers of cases globally

World Health Organisation questions and answers

Advice from MIND regarding mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic