Sickle Cell Disease Patients at Higher Risk of Severe COVID-19

Kenya's Health Chief Administrative Secretary, Rashid Aman, has urged people living with the disease to strictly observe the precautionary measures to avoid contracting the novel coronavirus and always consult healthcare providers should they experience COVID-19 symptoms. Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic disease characterized by a change in the shape of a red blood cell, from a smooth circular shape, to a crescent shape, which can result in the blockage of small blood vessels.

Red blood cells (file photo).

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