Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Although mast cell disease patients are not at higher risk than the general population, some have co-existing conditions and/or take immunosuppressant medications that can put them in a higher risk category. Please see link below for at risk conditions and always check with your physician regarding medications and any co-morbid conditions.

Our medical advisory board recommends that mast cell disease patients follow CDC guidelines.

Also, there have been questions about whether mast cell disease patients need to wear masks in public as a precaution during this epidemic. (Please note that the following comments do not apply to anyone already using a mask for protection against environmental triggers, or upon the advice of their hematologist while on chemotherapy/cytoreductive therapy/tyrosine kinase inhibitors.) An article published in JAMA states only individuals with symptoms of respiratory infection such as coughing, sneezing and sometimes fever, health care workers and persons taking care of or in close contact with someone with a respiratory infection should wear masks.

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