The best way to avoid COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus that causes it. People with liver disease should take the same preventive actions being taken by people with other underlying conditions to avoid getting sick with or spreading COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Even after you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you should continue to take steps to protect yourself including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet from people who don’t live with you, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. The more steps you take, the more you are protected against COVID-19.
Like everyone, people with hepatitis B or hepatitis C should also continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you have hepatitis B or C and are being treated for your infection, it is important to continue your treatment and follow the advice of your healthcare provider. This is the best way to keep you and your immune system healthy. Be sure to keep regular communication with your liver care team and consider telemedicine for appointments when possible.