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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): People Who Need Extra Precautions; Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness – Hemoglobin Disorders [CDC]

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

summary/abstract:

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe illness. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick With COVID-19

• Continue your medications and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your doctor.
• Have at least a 2-week supply of prescription and non-prescription medications. Talk to your healthcare provider, insurer, and pharmacist about getting an extra supply (i.e., more than two weeks) of prescription medications, if possible, to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
• Talk to your healthcare provider about whether your vaccinations are up-to-date. People older than 65 years, and those with many underlying conditions, such as those who are immunocompromised or with significant liver disease, are recommended to receive vaccinations against influenza and pneumococcal disease.

 

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