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What should I know about COVID-19?

handwashing iconThe CDC has declared the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. We have collected several important links and tips to keep you and your families as healthy as possible during this time.

The best prevention methods are reduced exposure, hand washing and proper hygiene.

Alpha-1 is a genetic condition and many people with it are healthy and well.  For this group, the risk to your health due to COVID-19 is the same as someone your age without a diagnosis of Alpha-1 and you should follow your government's advice which is likely to stay at home as much as possible right now.

However, some people with Alpha-1 have lung diseases like COPD and emphysema and are therefore more vulnerable to the effects of viral infections like COVID-19.  If you have lung (or liver) disease caused by Alpha-1 it is best to exercise extreme caution in order to avoid the risk of infection with COVID-19.  This should involve self-isolation to ensure your safety as a vulnerable person with a serious health condition.  Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.

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  • USA - CDC - What you should know, cases in the U.S., etc.
  • UK - GOV.UK - Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.
  • Canada - Government of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
  • Australia - Australian Government - Information and regular health alerts
  • New Zealand - NZ Ministry of Health - This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.