Understandably it is a worrying time for many people at the moment and our thoughts are with all our patients and friends in the FMD community and health care workers looking after them. The advice for patients is updating regularly, so please keep an eye on information from Public Health England.
FMD is a rare condition, but not one that lowers your immune system. As such, FMD alone does not constitute an underlying health issue placing you in a vulnerable group. If, however, you have another condition as a consequence of FMD (or not) e.g. chronic kidney impairment, stroke, then this would place you in a more at risk group.
The advice for people with FMD would be to:
1: Keep taking your medications – there have been some questions about COVID-19 and ACE-inhibitors (drugs ending in –pril) and ARBs (drugs ending in –sartan). These are based on unsubstantiated theory and the advice from the experts is NOT TO STOP THESE MEDICATIONS IF YOU ARE PRESCRIBED THEM.
2: Minimise non-essential social interactions and maintain social distance – there will be a spectrum of people with FMD here from those with no effects to significant kidney impairment or other health issues who would fall into the category of being advised to isolate.
3: Maintain good hand hygiene and minimise face-touching
If you do become unwell, isolate (as per advice), stay warm and hydrated and use paracetamol as per the packet guidelines on dose (presuming you do not take this already in other preparations) to control fever. There is a little data to suggest this is a better option than ibuprofen.
The Kidney Care UK website offers very helpful and up to date information for patients with kidney impairment (chronic kidney disease). Please have a look here for advice : https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/