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Published on September 25, 2020

Team Helps Those with Sickle Cell Deal With Coronavirus

People with sickle cell are at higher risk of catching the illness and being hit harder by it. 

The Cone Health Patient Care Center team is taking steps to keep sickle cell patients safe and up to date about health risks from COVID-19. The team has prepared “survival bags” for the most vulnerable patients and is making sure patients have important supplies and the latest information about COVID-19. 

"These are very tough times for our patients living with sickle cell disease. It is very important that we teach our patients how to keep well during this pandemic," says Dr. Olu Jegede, area medical director, Cone Health Medical Group. 

Each survival bag contains individually wrapped masks, hand sanitizer, water bottles and journals, as well as educational materials about COVID-19. People with sickle cell disease are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. A number are afraid to seek care out of fear of catching COVID-19.

The Cone Health Patient Care Center combines specialized sickle cell care with primary care. Jegede is a member of the North Carolina Council of Sickle Cell Syndrome. September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. 


Sickle Cell Delivery Team

Pictured from left to right: China Hollis, Andre Douglas, and Natalie Stroud.