Updated: 3/27/2020 3:52 PM
We have been able to gather more information regarding CdLS and COVID-19.
“Individuals with CdLS and immune deficiency have “antibody immune deficiency”. Antibodies are not a critical part of the immune system necessary for fighting coronavirus. Medical professionals worry about individuals who have “T cell immune deficiency”. Generally, individuals with CdLS are at an average risk. However, if an individual has other co-morbid conditions, they would be at higher risk.”
We are working on setting up a virtual session with our Medical Director. Once we have more details of the session, we will share it with you. In the meantime, if you have questions, please reach out to your child’s pediatrician or primary care provider. We are also available via Ask the Expert (https://www.cdlsusa.org/submit-question/).
Update: 3/27/2020 11:35 AM EST
A Message from the CdLS Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr. Antonie Kline.
There has been a lot of concern about whether or not individuals with CdLS are at a higher risk of catching COVID-19. We reached out to Dr. Kline to share a message with the community.
“Unless there is a known specific immune problem, there should be no increased risk for children with disabilities, including CdLS spectrum, to be at greater risk for catching COVID-19 or having a more severe course just because of the condition.
Make sure everyone is washing hands well and self-isolating so as not to become in contact with anyone possibly affected. We don’t want parents to get sick!”