Categories: Coronavirus

Care for Haemophilia Patients in the Time of COVID-19

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.

  • Am I at an increased risk of catching COVID-19 if I have an inherited blood disorder?

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.

  • Will there be a shortage / non-availability of my medicines due to 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.

  • How important it’s to appraise doctors that I have a bleeding disorder in an emergency?      

It’s very important considering that COVID-19 patients get isolated. So, be prepared and keep your bleeding disorder card/disease status handy.

  • Does COVID-19 impact the blood clotting mechanism?

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

Narayana Health

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