It is no longer news that Coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the globe.
What is Coronavirus?
What is COVID-19?
Symptoms & Signs of COVID-19
The main symptoms include the following:
Other symptoms include:
Some Good News!
The Not-So-Good News:
GENERAL DOs & DONTs
ARE THERE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR PERSONS WITH SICKLE CELL DISORDER WITH RESPECT TO COVID-19?
In their efforts to slow down the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria, the Federal Government and some state governments (including Lagos State), have directed – among other measures – as follows (for an initial couple of weeks):
All these measures above apply to EVERYBODY.
But what about for persons living with Sickle Cell?
As COVID-19 is a new illness, there is limited specific information for people living with sickle cell. Just as for persons with other co-morbidities, people with sickle cell disorder are at greater risk of more severe manifestation of COVID-19. So they need to take EXTRA PRECAUTION during these times.
Experts have advised that they observe SHIELDING in order to keep themselves safe. Shielding measures are means of protecting extremely vulnerable people by minimising their interaction with others.
A word on IBUPROFEN for pain in this era of COVID-19
Concerns have been raised about the role of ibuprofen in COVID-19 (that it is associated with severe disease). Persons living with SCD who develop fever suspected to be COVID 19 should discuss options for treatment of fever other than Ibuprofen.