to bounce back. His mother says support and prayers helped her get through the tough time.
Another consequence of sickle cell is poor oxygen delivery resulting in damage to major organs, including the brain, eyes, lungs, liver, heart, spleen, and kidneys.
According to The Sickle Cell Society website, family members and caregivers of people with sickle cell disease should take appropriate precautions and extra care to avoid bringing COVID-19 home. It’s important to constantly monitor patients.
They should wear gloves when coming in contact with blood or body fluids of patients with a COVID-19 infection and thoroughly wash clothes and highly-touched surfaces such as counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, and toilets.
If family members and caregivers show symptoms of COVID-19 themselves, they should avoid coming in contact with the patient until the self-isolation period is complete.
So, what can other COVID-19 patients learn from all of this?
“Just keep the faith. That’s the message, keep the faith,” Deshannon said.