COVID-19 + ED: FAQs

Risk

There is currently very little information available as to whether individuals with eating disorders are at a heightened risk for developing COVID-19. We hope that there will be more detailed information available at some point, but recommend practising social distancing if at all possible as well as following the recommendations of your local health authority.



Complications

We are still in the early stages of understanding COVID-19, so there is little information available about the complications of COVID-19 as it relates specifically to eating disorders. This blog post from the Gaudiani Clinic discusses potential complications if someone with an ED does contract COVID-19. Dr. Gaudiani discusses potential complications that could arise based on the person's eating disorder (AN, BN, BED). It is important to note that, while this is based on her clinical expertise, we have very limited specific information as yet so this should be considered an educated guess. 



Our friends at BEAT in the UK have also compiled a set of FAQs. The Wellington Waterloo Eating Disorders coalition has also developed a great resource



We are here for you on the phone and through chat to offer support, information, resources, and referrals. 

This information is current as of March 24, 2020.  Information is changing rapidly, and this page will be updated periodically, so please check back. 

  • Provincial and Territorial Responses

  • Food-Related

  • Support-Related

  • Finance-Related

    • Where can I apply to receive financial support?

      This document discusses possible ways to receive support: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - financial support for Canadians and businesses. 

    • Are Canadians with an Eating Disorder and their caregivers eligible to take advantage of special programs from the Government of Canada?

      You can find relevant information on these websites:

      • Disability Tax Credit: the disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps people with disabilities or their caregivers reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. For more information, click here.
      • Registered Disability Savings Plan: the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. For more information, click here.
  • Travel-Related

    • Important travel advisories and restrictions related to COVID-19, from the Government of Canada.

    • If you have recently travelled internationally:

      If you are arriving from any international location outside of Canada within the last 14 days or have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19, please self-isolate and monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after you arrive back in Canada.


      Canadians are advised to avoid all non-essential travel, as Canada is closing its borders to non-citizens and non-residents, restricting international arrivals to four airports (Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport, Calgary International and Vancouver International Airport) and requiring airlines to stop passengers who present with symptoms of the coronavirus from boarding. There are several exceptions to the travel ban, including immediate family members of Canadian citizens, foreign diplomats, airline crews and U.S. citizens. The restrictions will not apply to commerce or trade. Check for updated information on Canada’s travel advisories here.

    • Assistance Travelling Back to Canada

      To get the latest updates on the situation at your destinationhttps://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration


      Canadian abroad directly impacted by COVID-19 will have the option of applying for an emergency loan of up to $5,000 to help secure their timely return to Canada and to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return, contact: CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca


      For all other consular emergencies, Canadians can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email sos@international.gc.ca