Coronavirus risk stratification for CF patients revised

HSE website offers current guidance to protect CF patients in the two higher risk groups

Coronavirus risk stratification for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) has been reviewed and revised by the National Clinical Programme for Cystic Fibrosis (NCPCF).

The policy of the Clinical Programme, and its Covid-19 Committee, based on information at this time, is that most people with CF are in the “high risk” category for Covid-19, and only a minority are in the “very high risk” category.

The NCPCF has advised that people with CF whose disease is stable are in the “high risk” category.

Advice for people with CF whose disease is unstable or severe e.g. patients awaiting transplantation, is that they are in the “very high risk” category.

Patients are advised that they can ask their CF centre if their disease is stable or unstable.

This change is now live on the Health Service Executive website ( which offers current guidance to protect people in the two higher risk groups: High risk and very high risk at

Further guidance provided by the NCPCF advises on the return to school for children.

For most children with CF, the programme is recommending — under guidelines issued on the return to school for children — a full return to school in line with the guidance from the Department of Education.

More detailed clinical guidance and evidence advice from the NCPCF on the return to school for children with CF in light of Covid-19 is also now online at:

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