2. High Risk Condition – Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is classified as a hemoglobin disorder. It’s hereditary, more often affecting people of African descent. Sickle cell is also an underlying medical condition that puts people at high-risk for COVID-19 severe illness.
When the “sickling” effect of sickle cell disease happens, red blood cells change shape and clog blood vessels. If this happens in the lungs due to a respiratory illness like COVID-19, very serious acute chest syndrome can result. Acute chest syndrome can be painful and lead to pneumonia.
1. Everyone Should Practice Prevention
The CDC recommends that anyone with an underlying medical condition always have at least a 30-day supply of important medications on hand. This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. Meds and medical services might be harder to come by during a significant outbreak.
Everyone, no matter their age or COVID-19 infection risk, should take general precautions daily during the pandemic. Shelter at home as much as possible. Wear a face mask in public. Stay at least six feet away from other people. Wash your hands consistently and thoroughly. Don’t touch your face. Try not to spend more than 15 minutes in an enclosed space (without ventilation) where other people are present.Related: The CDC Just Added New COVID-19 Symptoms: Ranked from Most to Least Common