Liver Disease & COVID-19
COVID-19 elevates liver enzymes, even in those without a liver disease diagnosis. In severe cases, this may result in long-term or even permanent liver damage. In mild cases of COVID-19, this damage is typically temporary and will likely not require treatment.
Increased Risk for COVID-19
Individuals with chronic liver disease are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Additionally, those who are overweight with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease will be more susceptible to severe illness associated with COVID-19 due to metabolic risk factors. Liver transplant recipients may have decreased immune function, and therefore are at higher risk as well.
If you have compromised liver health during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to follow these important guidelines as recommended by the CDC:
- Take your medicine as prescribed
- Ensure that you have at least a 30-day supply as back up
- Get in touch with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about your condition or health
And, you should take the same preventative actions as those with other health conditions to avoid contracting or spreading coronavirus.
The risks from COVID-19 for those with underlying chronic health conditions, such as liver disease, emphasize the importance that these individuals (and those around them) follow public health guidelines carefully.