We know that there is some confusion on whether or not Lyme disease patients are more vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus, and therefore classed as “at risk” on medical grounds.
The UK government has released a list of those classed as extremely vulnerable due to medical conditions, and Lyme disease itself does not seem to be stated within the list. However, we simply do not know at this stage whether patients will be at increased risk of the virus, and we think it would be sensible for all to be particularly stringent with the hygiene and stay at home measures that are recommended.
If we become aware of any specific guidance or helplines to call to confirm this, we will share them with you. Please try not to call 111 with these questions unless you are experiencing what you think may be symptoms of COVID-19, as they are experiencing a high number of calls and priority cases must be able to get through.
Caudwell LymeCo is a UK based charity whose mission is for every Lyme disease patient in the UK to be treated and completely cured on the NHS.
We raise money to fund desperately needed research into a truly reliable test and treatment for Lyme disease. We also look to educate the public on Lyme disease prevention and awareness, and provide information and support to sufferers, based on the NICE guidelines – which we helped to form alongside experts at the National Institute of Health & Care Excellence (NICE) and other committee members.
What is Lyme disease?
Anyone can catch Lyme disease. It is an infection spread by tick bites that attacks the nerves, brain, heart, joints, and eyes, and can also cause skin rashes.
Lyme is the most common and fastest-spreading vector-borne disease in Europe, yet it is one of the most under-researched illnesses in the western world.