Absence of COVID-19 Infection in Patients Accessing IBD Unit at Humanitas, Milan: Implications for Postlockdown Measures

Gionata Fiorino, Daniela Gilardi, Simona Radice, Federica Furfaro, Mariangela Allocca, Silvio Danese

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INTRODUCTION: The risk of coronavirus disease-19 infection for healthcare professionals and patients in hospitals remains unclear.

METHODS: We investigated whether precautions adopted in our inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) unit have minimized the risks of infection for all patients accessing our facilities in a 1-month period by assessing the rate of coronavirus disease-19 infection in the follow-up period.

RESULTS: Three hundred-twenty patients with IBD were included. None were infected from severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 in the follow-up period. None of the IBD team members were infected.

DISCUSSION: Neither pharmacological immunosuppression nor access to the hospital seem to be risk factors for infection in patients with IBD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1719-1721
Number of pages3
JournalThe American journal of gastroenterology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Betacoronavirus/immunology
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques/statistics & numerical data
  • Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data
  • Hospital Units/statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents/adverse effects
  • Infection Control/statistics & numerical data
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional/prevention & control
  • Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient/prevention & control
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases/drug therapy
  • Italy/epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics/prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis
  • Risk Factors
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Young Adult


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