It is especially important for people with medical conditions, such as SCD, that put them at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and those who live with them, to protect themselves from getting COVID-19. Study finds people with sickle cell disease who developed coronavirus disease have high rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit admission , and death. For more information, see CDC’s recommended precautions for people with medical conditions. Additionally, people with SCD may have difficulty accessing healthcare providers who are knowledgeable about SCD. These challenges need to be considered when planning COVID-19 prevention measures. For more information, see CDC’s recommended actions specific to those with hemoglobin disorders such as SCD.