IBS COVID Resources

IBS Resources


  • It is believed that IBS Patients do not carry an increased risk with complications, or are susceptible to,  COVID-19
  • It is a good time to learn more about the low FODMAP diet and to implement all of the phases
  • Access to Registered Dietitians for managing the low FODMAP diet has increased with telehealth
  • Access to Physicians for questions about your health has increased with telehealth


  • Increased personal and financial stress
  • Stress related to accessing safe foods

Engage our community of IBS Patients to help understand how the IBS community is doing during this outbreak from a 2-3 minute survey
Author: IBS Patient Support Group
May 25, 2020


AGA Institute Rapid Review of the GI and Liver Manifestations of COVID-19, Meta- Analysis of International Data, and Recommendations for the Consultative Management of Patients with COVID-19
Authors: Shahnaz Sultan, Osama Altayar, Shazia M. Siddique, Perica Davitkov, Joseph D. Feuerstein, Joseph K. Lim, Yngve Falck-Ytter4, Hashem B. El-Serag on behalf of the AGA
May 6, 2020

Some people also have diarrhea. In this annotated video, I summarize the latest on COVID-19 diarrhea: How long does it last? Is there always a fever? What precautions should you take if you think you have C-19 diarrhea? (video)
Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, Director of Health Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
April 13, 2020

The Impact and Increased Burden of COVID-19 on the Chronic Illness Community
Melissa VanHouten, Gastroparesis patient
April 13, 2020

Gaining Resilience through Transitions [GRitT]: Optimism, Gratitude and Self-compassion in a time of uncertainty
Laurie Keefer, PhD, Rome Board of Directors, GI Health Psychologist, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
April 9, 2020

Six Things Your GI Docs Want you to know about SARS-COV2
Tauseef Ali, MD @ibdtweets
April 9, 2020


American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Releases Guidelines for COVID-19
Shahnaz Sultan, Joseph K. Lim, Osama Altayar, Perica Davitkov, Joseph D. Feuerstein, Shazia M. Siddique, Yngve Falck-Ytter, Hashem B. El-Serag, on behalf of the AGA
April 6, 2020

Dear IBS Patient- you are not alone. Let’s support each other, our IBS community, with simple tips for managing in this stressful time (video)
Johannah Ruddy, M.Ed., Director Rome Foundation
April 6, 2020

COVID-19 can present with digestive symptoms like diarrhea. But gut symptoms are common & can be exacerbated by stress (and we’re all feeling that). I discuss one way to help distinguish stress from infection (always check with your doctor) (video)
Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, Director of Health Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
April 6, 2020

Can my pets get coronavirus?
Wondering if your PETS can give your #coronavirus? Are pets susceptible to getting sick or spreading the disease? Didn’t this start from animals? (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
April 6, 2020

How long does the virus survive on hard surfaces?
Are you wondering how long Covid19 can stay on surfaces? Are packages safe? (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
April 4, 2020

Debunking the 9 most prevalent myths about coronavirus?
Most common coronavirus myths DEBUNKED!! Wondering if getting Covid19 is a death sentence? Is the coronavirus the most dangerous virus? Is a package from China contagious? Are only older people affected? (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
April 2, 2020

Managing IBS/Low-FODMAP In The Midst of COVID-19 (video webinar – registration required)
Peter Gibson, MD, Monash University and Patsy Catsos MS, Registered Dietitian, LD
April 1, 2020

Patients with COVID-19 GI symptoms experience delayed diagnosis, viral clearance
Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, Director of Health Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
March 31, 2020

Friends of World IBS Day – World IBS Day on April 19 will not take place
Jeffrey Roberts, MSEd, BSc, Founder IBS Patient Support Group and World IBS Day
March 30, 2020

Acceptance, self, and values during COVID-19 (video)
Stephen Lupe, Psy.D., Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic
March 30, 2020

How to Prevent Spreading of GI Viruses in the Age of COVID-19
Advice for the Public from Digestive Disease Experts from the American College of Gastroenterology
March 27, 2020

Can you spread coronavirus without knowing you are?
The importance of social distancing (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
March 27, 2020

What do we mean by MILD, MODERATE, and SEVERE symptoms of coronavirus? (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
March 25, 2020

How to prepare for coronavirus without panicking (video)
Dr. Sam Islam, MD
March 24, 2020

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and COVID-19 Patient Information
An ACG Patient Information Handout
March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic: How Will This Affect Your Care and What to Ask Your Gastrointestinal (GI) Doctor
An ACG Patient Information Handout
March 23, 2020


American College of Gastroenterology, gi.org/covid19
Gastroenterology, S0016-5085(20)30458-3
Rome Foundation, romefoundation.org
Twitter – twitter.com/TuesdayNightIBS
Twitter – twitter.com/ibdtweets
ModifyHealth – modifyhealth.com

Last updated on May 25, 2020