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TIF material on COVID-19

A Questions & Answers (Q&A) brochure, developed by TIF’s Medical Advisor, Dr Michael Angastiniotis, on the basis of queries addressed to TIF by patients with thalassaemia and sickle cell disease, with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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An informational leaflet about the new COVID-19 with a special focus to the challenges it presents for patients affected by thalassaemia and sickle cell disease (SCD). 

The leaflet was compiled by Dr Androulla Eleftheriou, TIF Executive Director, and Dr Michael Angastiniotis, TIF Medical Advisor with the invaluable contribution of TIF’s International Advisory Panel Members, Dr Maria D. Cappellini, Professor of Haematology, Dr John Porter , Professor of Haematology, Dr Ali Taher, Professor of Haematology, Dr Antonio Piga, Professor of Paediatrics, Dr Paul Telfer, Consultant Haematologist, and Dr Perla Eleftheriou, Consultant Haematologist.

Τhe ”COVID-19 Pandemic & Haemoglobin Disorders” Leaflet is available in English, Italian, French, Greek, Spanish, Farsi, Αrabic & Turkish!

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The proposed Patient Care Pathway requires changes to be made during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the admittance of patients to haemoglobinopathy day care centres /units /clinics, with the aim to protect the individual patient, medical and other personnel as well as other patients visiting the centre/ unit/ clinic from possible coronavirus infection.

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TIF’s Medical Advisor, Dr Anastasios Giakoumis, MD PhD, has compiled on behalf of TIF this short guide with helpful health and nutrition tips that can be our first line of anti-viral defence!

In addition to the well-known personal hygiene and preventive measures against the new coronavirus (COVID-19), we can also follow some simple recommendations regarding our nutrition, which could better prepare us for an epidemic for in which the virus rapidly spreads to many people within a short period of time.

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