As a community, we are very good at masking and keeping a safe distance to reduce risk from germs. And just like we have highly effective therapies to treat CF, we now have highly effective vaccines to protect our kids from COVID-19.
Because my husband has cystic fibrosis, I take extra precautions to protect him from COVID-19 exposure. That is why I can’t continue to have relationships with friends and family who refuse to get vaccines or wear masks. They are putting my husband -- and others like him -- at risk.
Because I am immunocompromised after having a lung transplant, I still take extra precautions with COVID-19. I still feel awkward with turning down invitations and limiting my own guest list at gatherings, but I know my closest family and friends understand and do whatever they can to accommodate me.
Even though I've been vaccinated against COVID-19, I've been using a risk assessment tool to try to make sure that I'm still being as safe as possible.
I was able to take part in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. Here's what I went through and learned.
I was prepared to experience side effects when I was vaccinated against COVID-19, and -- although they were significant to me -- I knew that it was my immune system strongly responding to the vaccine.
When my husband got COVID-19, we had to set up strict rules and procedures to keep our adult daughter, who has cystic fibrosis, safe.
I spent 2020 in COVID-19 quarantine and in the hospital separated from my family while waiting for transplant. I'm very grateful that the call came and I have new lungs -- and a new life.
FDA issues emergency use authorization for a third COVID-19 vaccine.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supports universal masking in school to protect people with CF and other health conditions against COVID-19.