What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With COVID-19 on the forefront of nearly everyone’s minds, SCDAA wants to provide information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to our sickle cell community. Educating yourself about the coronavirus reduces anxiety and empowers you to prevent and protect yourself – and your family – from getting sick. The potential health risk posed by COVID-19 globally is evolving constantly, so the risk assessment to our communities here in the United States may change in the upcoming weeks and months. It is therefore critical that you stay regularly informed.

Where can I find the best up to date information?

Go to the CDC’s website (www.cdc.gov/covid19) for regular updates on the COVID-19. Information is updated routinely and will keep you abreast of the latest guidelines and recommendations.

What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Here are some tips:

  • If you feel sick, contact your medical provider immediately.
  • Avoid being close to people who are visibly sick, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face.
  • Greet one another from a distance (limit hugs and handshakes).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (don’t stop until you finish singing the “Alphabet song”) or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with Clorox or Lysol products.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue you can discard, then immediately wash your hands.
  • Masks are recommended right now only if you have symptoms or if you are caring for someone with symptoms.

Turn to the CDC’s website for the latest on all things coronavirus, such as how you can start to prepare in your homes and community. If you are planning on travelling, visit the CDC’s travel guidance to stay up to date.