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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidelines for the Lymphatic Disease Community

11 May 2020

This strain of coronavirus is a new one and scientists do not yet know all there is to know about it. While these common sense points will always be helpful, it is important that you keep up to date with the advice being given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NHS England and how it might affect you personally. These suggestions have been produced using the most up-to-date advice available to us from our Scientific and Medical Advisors and are not intended to replace or supersede advice you may have been given from your health care professional.

Our experts tell us that in nearly all cases lymphedema (LE) (also spelled lymphoedema) alone does not make one more susceptible to the coronavirus. The only exception would be those very rare primary LE patients who have extensive lymphatic abnormalities involving the chest, i.e. lungs, and have generalised immune deficiency; we are assured those patients will know who they are.

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