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Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Sickle Cell Disorder

key information

source: Sickle Cell Society

year: 2020

summary/abstract:

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. The main symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

As the illness is new, there is limited specific information for people living with sickle cell. However, below we have included all the available specific information there is and included the official guidance on avoiding catching or spreading germs and what to do if you need medical help, which all apply.

The latest government guidance strongly advises people with serious underlying health conditions which includes homozygous sickle cell (SS) to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.

 

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