Haemophilia is a rare, but potentially dangerous condition, in which the blood doesn’t clot properly. World Haemophilia Day (April 17) is an International Awareness Day about haemophilia and other bleeding disorders. This year, as the world is fighting the coronavirus, let’s probe further into how haemophilia patients can guard themselves against COVID-19.
No. Your risk is in no way higher than the general population’s. Just like everyone else, practice social distancing, wash your hands and maintain respiratory hygiene to keep yourself safe from COVID-19.
The medical shops are open. Moreover, the government is doing every bit to ensure that the supply of essentials such as medicines is not getting affected. There’s no need to worry.
It’s very important considering that COVID-19 patients get isolated. So, be prepared and keep your bleeding disorder card/disease status handy.
In the general population, severe cases of COVID-19 that require hospitalization can lead to changes in blood clotting. However, it doesn’t make someone with a blood disorder particularly susceptible.
When it comes to COVID-19, you’re not particularly at risk. Stay home and stay safe. If you’re stressed about the situation, talk to a family member or seek the help of a health and wellness counselor.
Dr. Sunil Bhat, Director & Clinical Lead – Bone Marrow Transplant, Haemato Oncology, Oncology, Paediatric Oncology, Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center, Bommasandra, Narayana Medical Centre, Langford Town, Narayana Multispeciality Clinic, Electronic City – Niladri Road & SRCC Children’s Hospital, Mumbai
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