Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Thyroid:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are people with autoimmune thyroid disease, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis or Graves' disease, at more risk for acquiring COVID-19 or having a more serious COVID-19 infection?
A: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advises that people who are immunocompromised are at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Immunocompromised people have a weaker immune system and have a harder time fighting infections. However, the immune system is complex, and having autoimmune thyroid disease does not mean that a person is immunocompromised or will be unable to fight off a viral infection. Thus far, there is no indication that patients with autoimmune thyroid disease are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 or of being more severely affected should they acquire the COVID-19 infection. Everyone should continue to practice the recommended hand hygiene and social distancing recommendations to avoid COVID-19 infection. Read More....