Dear HAEi Friends,
The health and well-being of our global community is HAEi’s top priority. With that in mind, we asked our medical experts to provide their best thinking regarding the COVID-19 virus health risks that might be faced by people who have hereditary angioedema and other forms of recurrent angioedema.
COVID-19 is a new virus and the medical community has very little experience in relation to hereditary angioedema and other forms of recurrent angioedema. Nevertheless, our expert physicians have told us that having HAE (types I/II or normal C1 inhibitor) or other forms or recurrent angioedema does NOT increase:
- The risk of being infected with COVID-19, nor
- The severity of infection if the virus is contracted.
Furthermore, infections of any type may be a trigger for attacks, so it is important to make sure medications are taken as prescribed and that prescriptions are kept current.
It is also important that everyone considers other non-HAE health conditions that may be specific risk factors of COVID-19.
Please follow instructions from governmental and local health authorities which includes frequent hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding travel.
We recommend that you contact your HAE physician if you have specific questions.
Take good care of yourself and your family, and stay safe!
With warm regards,
Your HAEi Team