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Watch a video with Dr. Peter Sporn from Northwestern Medicine as he answers FAQs about COVID-19 and sarcoidosis.
As information on the coronavirus, COVID-19, appears in the media, individuals with sarcoidosis and their loved ones are bound to have questions about the potential health risks of COVID-19 as they pertain to sarcoidosis patients and others who may have compromised immune systems. FSR encourages following the recommendations of your healthcare team regarding your personal health and well-being. We also encourage our community to stay diligent about following updates from the CDC and state/local health departments, as they will have the most up to date information for your geographical region. The risks of COVID-19 are similar to those of influenza, however there is not yet a vaccination or antiviral treatment for COVID-19 as there is for the flu. Treatments and preventative medicines are currently being explored. Currently, the risk of getting COVID-19 remains low in the United States, however, we recognize that may change quickly in the future and varies by region. Additionally, FSR is aware that Sarcoidosis Awareness Month is just around the corner, and that patients and advocates have gatherings and events of their own planned. We encourage all individuals to refer to the recommendations of their medical team, local health departments, and public health experts like the CDC when making decision about traveling to and attending events this April.
Currently, the CDC recommends the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask for protection. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease. The use of face masks is crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.
Latest updates from trusted resources:
- CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
- FDA at https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
- NIH at https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
- WHO at https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Resources from FSR Partners:
- Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies
WEBINAR: Coronavirus Preparedness for People with Chronic Diseases (National Health Council)
The American Thoracic Society has developed the following peer-reviewed fact sheets:
- Coronavirus – Public Health Resource for Clinicians
- Coronavirus – Patient Information Resource for General Public
In addition, ATS hosted a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The questions and answers from that event can be seen here.