Those living with sickle cell disease are immuno-compromised at a higher risk of getting sick.
- Stay at home as well as possible. Avoid non essential travel, crowds, public areas and those who are sick.
- Stock up on supplies you need. These are items needed to keep you healthy ( i.e medications, water).
- Avoid triggers. The goal is to keep you out of the hospital, as it may be busier than normal.
- Contact your doctor. treat all symptoms, including those for SCD as early as possible.
Because it’s a new pandemic COVID-19, not much is known about how it affects those living with SCD. However, those with SCD have a weakened immune system, which puts them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and other diseases.