Does having sickle cell disease increase my likelihood of getting COVID-19?

While individuals from racialized communities are more likely to live and work in conditions that make it more difficult to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19, having sickle cell disease (SCD) does not itself increase your likelihood of being infected with the virus. It does appear, however, to increase your risk of being hospitalized or dying as a result. This is likely because patients with sickle cell disease often have both weakened immune systems and pre-existing organ damage, particularly in their lungs. In one study, the risk of dying was seven times higher than age-matched controls.

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