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Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

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hemoglobin disorders and COVID-19

Having sickle cell disease (SCD) increases your risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Having other hemoglobin disorders, like thalassemia, might increase your risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Actions to take

  • Work with your healthcare provider to manage medicines and therapies for your disorder (including hydroxyurea, chelation therapy, blood transfusions, and prescriptions for pain management) and any other health condition you may have (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis).

  • Call your healthcare provider or care team if you have concerns about your condition, your treatment, think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, have any new signs or symptoms of illness or any other questions.

  • Try to prevent vaso-occlusive episodes or pain crises by avoiding possible triggers.

  • Review CDC’s healthy living with SCD guide or our healthy living with thalassemia guide for tips to help you stay healthy.

  • Find SCD resources and thalassemia resources to help navigate care and increase knowledge and awareness of SCD and thalassemia.

  • Let friends and family know about the need for healthy blood donors.

Learn more about blood disorders

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