COVID-19 in people with cystic fibrosis

The UK Cystic Fibrosis Registry has been working closely with clinical teams to monitor COVID-19 in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) across the UK. These are the current statistics reported to the UK CF Registry on COVID-19 in people with CF. This information will be updated every two weeks. 

Figures are for cases reported from 1 March 2020 to 29 March 2021.

UK statistics on COVID-19 in people with CF

The cases of COVID-19 in people with CF reported to the UK CF Registry are as follows:

  • Number of cases: 313
  • Number of reported cases diagnosed March 2021: 5
  • Age range: 0–68
  • FEV1% predicted range: 11–135
  • Per cent with no symptoms when tested: 45
  • Number receiving inpatient treatment for ongoing infection: 0
  • Number of COVID-19 related deaths: 2

As we make some alterations to our data collection processes and begin gathering COVID-19 vaccination data, there may be some lag in cases being recorded. Therefore the figures above should be considered preliminary, and subject to change. 

Sadly, we have had a second COVID-19 related death reported to us. Out of respect for the family and friends at this very sad time, no further details will be released.

If you need information and support about COVID-19 and CF, take a look at our coronavirus help and advice, or contact our Helpline

Global study on COVID-19 and CF

Data from a global CF Registry collaboration has shown the number of people with CF who have become seriously ill or died COVID-19 is low worldwide. You can read more about the results and access the report in our news story.

This new report expands on previous findings announced in April 2020.

We are also contributing to the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Patient Registry’s COVID-19 monitoring. Read more about the COVID-CF project in Europe.


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