The progressive movement is so hyper-focused on framing every crisis with a Green New Deal lens that they are ignoring genuine medical concerns that people of color should be paying attention to during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Poverty and pollution are not the only reasons why the SARS-CoV-2 virus is having such a devastating impact on our black and brown communities. The Coronavirus is, indeed, discriminating against people who carry the sickle cell trait (SCT).
The Sickle Cell Disease Association sent out a provider alert on April 10th with recommended precautions and treatment protocols for SCD patients who test positive for COVID-19. Download: SCDAA Advisory
People with ancestry from Africa, Asia, India, Indigenous America, Latin America, Mediterranean, and Middle East regions are all potential carriers of sickle cell trait. Source: Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
“Under most circumstances, people with SCT do not develop sickle cell anemia, have enough normal hemoglobin to prevent the cells from becoming sickle-shaped. Without the sickling, red blood cells behave as they should, transporting oxygen-rich blood to the tissues and organs in the body.” Source: Healthline.
The sickling of erythrocytes (red blood cells) in SCT carriers only happens in unusual circumstances. Source: National Institute of Health.
Unusual circumstances that can trigger RBC sickling include extreme conditions such as high altitude, severe dehydration, or very high intensity physical activity. Source: American Society of Hematology.
SCT athletes are at high risk to RBC sickling due the added strain on their bodies. Source: NCAA Sport Science Institute.
The rapid decrease of oxygenated hemoglobin at high altitudes can be especially devastating to SCT carriers. Source: National Institute of Health.
COVID-19 patients are experiencing decreases in 02 saturation similar to that of patients suffering from high altitude sickness. Source: WebMD.
Hematologists are warning that more sickle cell related research needs to be done in the battle against the Coronavirus, widespread treatment protocols need to be established for COVID-19 positive SCD patients, and we to need ramp up blood drives. Source: Boston Medical Center.
The United Nations recently completed their investigation of what had been reported in the press as the “wholesale slaughter of innocents” in northwest Syria. Of the seven incidents, the UN Board determined that only one had actually resulted in civilian deaths, and the evidence suggested that either opposition rebels or al-Qaeda affiliates were to blame.
Martyr Akram Ali Ibrahim Al-Ahmad Secondary School in Madiq Castle, Governorate of Hama, on 28 April 2019.
Rakaya Primary Health Care Centre in Rakaya Sijneh, Governorate of Idlib, on 3 May 2019.
Kafr Nabutha Primary Health Care Centre and Surgical Unit in Kafr Nabutha, Governorate of Hama, on 7 May 2019.
Deaths and injuries occurring at, Nayrab Palestine Refugee Camp in Aleppo, Governorate of Aleppo, on 14 May 2019.
11 persons were killed, and several people were injured. “The Board found that it was probable that the strike was carried out either by armed opposition groups or by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, noting that the vast majority of the evidence provided to it was to that effect.”
As-Suqylabiyah National Hospital in As-Suqylabiyah, Governorate of Hama, on 26 May 2019.
Kafr Nobol Surgical Hospital in Kafr Nobol, Governorate of Idlib, on 4 July 2019.
Ariha Protection Centre in Ariha, Governorate of Idlib, on 28 July 2019.
Asian News International just Tweeted a comment from President Trump that has a lot of people mistakenly believing that he just threatened India with retaliations if they don’t send us hydroxychloroquine.
I spoke to him (PM Modi), Sunday morning & I said we appreciate it that you are allowing our supply (of Hydroxychloroquine) to come out, if he doesn't allow it to come out, that would be okay, but of course, there may be retaliation, why wouldn't there be?: US Pres Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/kntAqATp4J
— ANI (@ANI) April 6, 2020
The comment was taken out of context. He was answering a reporter’s question about retaliations against America, in response to our own ban of exports.
“Are you worried about retaliation to your decision to ban export of medical goods, like India’s Prime Minister Modi’s decision to not export hydroxychloroquine to the United States and other countries?”
“I don’t like that decision, if that’s… I don’t… I didn’t hear that that was his decision. I know that he stopped it for other countries. I spoke to him yesterday. We had a very good talk, and we’ll see whether or not that’s his… I would be surprised if he would because, you know, India does very well with the United States. For many years they’ve been taking advantage of the Unites States on trade. So I would be very surprised if that were his decision. He’d have to tell me that. I spoke to him Sunday morning…”
Buried lede: On Sunday, April 5th, PM Modi told President Trump that India would be sending hydroxychloroquine to America.