Autoimmune Disease And COVID-19: Are You At High Risk?
ANCON Medical CEO, Wesley Baker comments on how living with an autoimmune disorder during the coronavirus outbreak has impacted on family life. Read the full reports: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1257122/coronavirus-autoimmune-disease-high-risk-group-coronavirus
- Those with health conditions are at higher risk if infected with COVID-19
- Having weak immune systems is particularly dangerous if infected Persons suffering from autoimmune diseases are also at higher risk
The UK Prime Minister announced the government would impose new measures in an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. These measures are designed to protect the most vulnerable people in the country, particularly those who are over 70 years old, pregnant women, and those who often have the flu vaccine. The latter group includes people suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and those with weak immune systems.
According to Public Health England, having a coronavirus infection can be life-threatening to people who have weak immune systems and those with chronic illnesses. Examples of these chronic illnesses are heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, and high blood pressure.
Oftentimes, patients with autoimmune diseases are treated with immunosuppressant medication. While this may help the patient cope with the chronic ailment, it also increases the risk of coronavirus infection.
Records indicate there are approximately 12,000 children and young people living with an autoimmune disease in the UK. This is a cause of great concern among their families.
Wesley Baker, the CEO of ANCON Medical and a father of a 14-year-old boy with autoimmune disease, said he considers his child among the vulnerable pointed to by the government. This is why he opted to isolate his son in his room in an attempt to minimize the risk to him.
They also ensure their home environment is clean, using high-quality hand cleaners and masks that they bought weeks ago. They have also arranged to continue his education through Skype instead of having his teachers visit him.