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i have iron deficiency anemia, and the last time i took tests they said i dont have enough red blood cells. am i at more risk of catching covid19 because of my condition?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Anemia and corona: Good health is important in infection. That said, white blood cell count is more important in fighting infection. Also depends how anemic you are. Many women are anemic during the years of their period but it is mild and not a major issue. if severely anemic -HCT < 34 (Hgb <11) you may be weaker. Discuss with your doctor iron supplements. meat, beans are also a good source of iron
Answered on May 28, 2020
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Take iron: With or without corona virus risk, you should take oral iron supplement and multivitamins to have a healthy level of hemoglobin. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine. Wish you good health!
Answered on May 29, 2020

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