Covid-19 & Lung Transplant Recipients/Potential Recipients

I am on the lung transplant list, am I more likely to be impacted by COVID-19? 

You are not more likely to contract the virus. However, anyone with serious lung health challenges is at higher risk of experiencing more severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory failure.

What should I do while I wait? 

Patients on the waiting list for a lung transplant should maintain contact with their transplant center. Based on current information the risk of acquiring COVID-19 from an organ donor is low. However, transplant surgery may be delayed due to the threat of exposure in the hospital and the current overload on medical personnel and resources. 

Are people who are post transplant at a higher risk of COVID-19?

People who have received a lung transplant are considered to be at increased risk due to their immunosuppressed state. Contact your transplant team if you are feeling unwell. 

The main way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and reduce personal risk is for the entire community to practice social distancing. The following recommendations apply to everybody, regardless of their personal risk status: 

  • Stay home as much as possible. 
  • Ensure you have access to one month of medication at a minimum
  • If you must go out of the home, practice social/physical distancing by keeping  at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others.
  • PDF iconWash/sanitize your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds. 
  • Avoid any non-essential travel.

Speak with your transplant team about any additional precautions you can take, but DO NOT change your routine care without first consulting with your transplant team.  Even if you are sick, do not make any changes without proper consultation as this could be dangerous to your health. 

Remember social/physical distancing does not mean social isolation. Stay connected with family, friends and the community by phone, email, text, Facebook, Facetime, Skype and Zoom.  Organize a family or community check-in.

Where do I find up-to-date information about COVID-19? 

NATIONAL - Canadian Government   

ALBERTA - Alberta Health Services , Alberta Government

Page Last Updated: 03/04/2020