COVID-19 is known to affect people differently, depending on their preexisting health conditions. Researchers now believe that people who have sickle cell disease are at an even greater risk of contracting the virus, as well as serious complications and even death.
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Patients with sickle cell disease are more likely to have a high prevalence of the many comorbidities that might put people at risk of severe illness and death. Also, prior studies demonstrate that [people with sickle cell disease] have worse outcomes from influenza infection than the general population, suggesting that respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19, are a significant source of morbidity and mortality for them.
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Overall, researchers discovered that sickle cell patients should follow recommended precautions such as mask use, hand hygiene, and social isolation because it reduces the risk of catching the virus. Patients with sickle cell disease, on the other hand, should get tested periodically and monitor signs of COVID-19 and sickle cell flare-ups.
Although, for the time being, there is very little information about COVID-19 results in sickle cell trait patients.
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