It is very important for everyone to continue to protect themselves from COVID-19 to help stop the spread of the disease and keep everyone safe. There are groups who need to be extra careful, and that includes those with an immune deficiency.
An immune deficiency is when part of the immune system is not functioning properly or absent all together. This can make it difficult for the immune system to protect the body against viruses or infections. Those with an immune deficiency are at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19.
Guidelines to Remember
Those with an immune deficiency should follow these guidelines to remain safe during this time.
- Stay at home: It is crucial to avoid leaving the house as much as possible. Avoiding others who are sick is important. It is easier for those with an immune deficiency to catch an illness from others. Avoid anyone who is sick with any illness (flu, etc.) and not just COVID-19.
- Wear A Mask & Socially Distance: It is not always possible to stay at home, so if you must go out then it is important to wear a mask and make sure you are socially distancing from others.
- Wash Your Hands: Hands should be washed frequently and for at least 20 seconds with hot water. If soap and water is not available, you should use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol according to the CDC.
- Experiencing Symptoms: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, etc.) then get tested. Getting treatment as quickly as possible will help your immune system.
- Continue Treatment: If you are receiving treatment for an immune deficiency then please continue your treatment. It is essential to remain in the best health possible to help protect your body from COVID-19 and give yourself the best possible chances if you catch it.
If you have any questions about immune deficiency related or not related to COVID-19, please reach out to our providers. To schedule an appointment please call us at (843) 212-7976 or schedule online.