COVID-19 Precautions for Gaucher Patients

As of 2/4/2021. All information contained is provided with input from physicians on the NGF Medical Advisory Board.

In December 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for two mRNA vaccines. One is produced by Pfizer & BioNTech and the other by Moderna. The CDC Interim Clinical Considerations indicate that the vaccines may be administered to persons with underlying medical conditions who have no contraindications to vaccination.

A panel of Gaucher specialists from Gaucher treatment centers have addressed the many questions regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Gaucher disease is one of many factors of your unique health. The NGF Medical Advisory Board recommends individuals who have Gaucher consult with their treating physician prior to beginning to re-engage with daily community activities as states ‘re-open’.

What Precautions Should People with Gaucher Disease Take Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Follow all CDC and local health department guidance. Additionally:

Stay at home. Follow CDC’s guidance.

If your Gaucher specialist indicates you are a high-risk individual, follow the CDC guidance for high-risk individuals.

Continue all prescribed Gaucher medications and treatments. Do not change your treatment without consulting your doctor.

Consult your Gaucher specialist about any concerns.

Ensure staff providing infusions wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Ask about telehealth appointments.

Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends getting your flu shot.

Wash your hands to help stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection.

Stay home as much as possible. Work from home if you can.

Practice social distancing.

Do not visit a healthcare facility without first speaking to your doctor.

Have food brought to your home by delivery, family, or social networks if you can.

Visit public places at off-peak hours.

Take advantage of special hours for high-risk groups.

Take care of your emotional and mental health.

Eat healthy, get enough sleep, and exercise as regularly as you can.

Take breaks from watching, listening to, or reading the news, including social media.

Connect with others via phone and video—social distancing does not mean disconnecting!

Engage in enjoyable activities.

Be kind to yourself and others.

Medical understanding of SARS-CoV-2, known as COVID-19, is evolving. To maintain your optimal health, keep apprised of both your local as well as the CDC recommendations for Community Mitigation Strategies.

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