COVID-19 Puts Genetic Group at Extra Risk.

Those with a Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS) diagnosis need to take extended precautions to protect against the coronavirus. VCFS is the most common genetic multiple congenital anomaly syndrome and has approximately 200 distinct congenital anomalies and disorders associated with it.

VCFS pediatric patients, in particular, suffer from a range of immunity impairments caused by poorly-functioning T-cells. These cells are necessary to fight off viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19. In addition to having lower immunity, VCFS patients often battle a long list of conditions, such as congenital heart disease, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis.

Although VCFS patients are a prime target, parents and caregivers do not need to feel powerless. 'The common methods of avoiding catching this coronavirus are isolation, barrier, and cleanliness," explains Robert Shprintzen, president and chairman of the board at The Virtual Center for Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Manlius, N.Y.

In addition to practicing the recommended handwashing and disinfection techniques, he suggests...

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