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.
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.
Yes! Many clinicians and organizations are running online webinars or information sessions.
There are few online groups and programming that you may find useful during this time. Information about eligibility is available on their websites.
You may find some of these tools, activities, apps and workbooks to be useful in helping to manage anxiety:
If you’re feeling alone or isolated-- reading about other’s experiences and advice may help you feel more connected in your recovery journey.
The wonderful individuals at each of these services would be happy to help support you:
Many programs closed due to COVID; some were able to deliver services virtually. Some provinces have started re-opening, while other regions are still quite locked down. Programs are therefore still affected, and many will have extensive wait lists. If you are on a wait list or interested in starting a program, you may wish to reach out to the program directly to see if they have any updates. We have not yet been officially advised that any programs are restarting.
This varies somewhat depending on your specific location.
If you live in a Canadian province, you can find a food bank near you using these tools:
Alberta: Food Banks Alberta
British Columbia: Food Banks British Columbia
Manitoba: Winnipeg Food Harvest
New Brunswick: Food Depot Alimentaire
Newfoundland & Labrador: Community Food Sharing Association
Nova Scotia: Feed Nova Scotia
Ontario: Feed Ontario
Prince Edward Island: More information about food banks in this PDF
Quebec: Banques Alimentaires
Saskatchewan: Food Banks of Saskatchewan
You may find it most helpful to visit your city's website for updated information regarding COVID-19, and what services/supports are being altered. For example, information for Toronto.
We recognise that this may be a serious anxiety, especially for folks who live with an eating disorder. Evidence available at present indicates that COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has developed a fact sheet (PDF) that includes links to credible resources.
Here are some quick links to the provincial/territorial COVID-19 websites. You may also find it helpful to look up information for your city or town. You can usually do this by searching "[your location] public health"
This document discusses possible ways to receive support: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - financial support for Canadians and businesses.
You can find relevant information on these websites:
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.
To get the latest updates on the situation at your destination: https://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 email@example.com