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COVID-19 Health Alert for People With Sickle Cell Disease and Their Caregivers (Adapted for Sub-Saharan Africa)

April 1, 2020 – COVID-19, the coronavirus disease of 2019 – also known as Coronavirus-2 (also called SARS-CoV-2) – and the illness it causes is on everybody’s mind. If you or your family member has sickle cell disease (SCD), you may be worried about what this new disease may mean to you.

The more you learn about COVID-19, the better you can understand what to look for, how to protect yourself or your loved one, and what to do IF you feel sick. Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) and its Medical and Research Advisory Committee want to help you understand COVID-19, how it may affect a person with SCD, and what you can do to help. This version is adapted for sub-Saharan Africa.

The potential health risk posed by COVID-19 for people with SCD is a real concern. The knowledge we have about how COVID-19 will affect those living with SCD is evolving constantly. Information about COVID-19 may change in the coming days, weeks and months. It is important that you stay regularly informed.