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  • COVID-19
  • Cystic Fibrosis

Feelings and Fears in Adults With and Without Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis results in progressive chronic lung disease and multiple comorbidities. In 2009–2010 the H1N1 influenza pandemic resulted in significant morbidity in most people with Cystic Fibrosis who contracted the infection. Many countries categorised people with Cystic Fibrosis as highly vulnerable to COVID-19 and advised shielding to try to minimise the risk of people with CF contracting the virus. The impact of acute infection with COVID-19 in people with Cystic Fibrosis was not known.1

In this webinar Prof Castellani investigates the effects of the pandemic on both Cystic Fibrosis patients and the general population. Detail is given on studies that look into the mental health of patients during the COVID-19 lockdowns, their emotional well-being and also the anxieties experienced amongst children with Cystic Fibrosis and their carers.

The development of an expanded questionnaire is also discussed which looked at demographic data, health conditions during lockdown, emotional symptoms and also some Cystic Fibrosis specific questions. The data pooled from this questionnaire is discussed in relation to a wider survey of similar questions posed to the general Italian population.


1. Cosgriff R. A multinational report to characterise SARS-CoV-2 infection in people with cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros. 2020; 19(3): 355–358.

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  • Professor Carlo Castellani

    Director of the Genoa Cystic Fibrosis Centre

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