Sickle Cell

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Heat Update Information:

Extremely hot or cold temperatures may trigger a sickle cell crisis. Sickle cell pain crisis is a sudden episode of pain throughout the body. To keep your child’s body temperature at the best level, always make sure he or she wears a coat during cold weather and spends as much time as possible in air-conditioned areas on very hot days. Staying well-hydrated in hot weather may reduce the risk of a sickle cell crisis.

If you are going to the beach or pool, outdoor or heated pools are preferred.  It is important to wrap up in a towel/dry off right away after being in the water as the change from cold to hot can trigger a crisis.

Do you need the SDG&E form completed to help with keeping the home cool?  Your Sickle Cell care team is happy to sign for you.  The form can be found at: https://www.sdge.com/medical-baseline-application-document

Cool Zone sites, mostly located in the hottest areas of the county, help older adults and those with chronic illness keep cool and save energy costs. Residents can use officially sanctioned Cool Zones to escape the heat and rest up before going back outside.

Due to COVID-19, safety measures will be in place to protect the health of Cool Zone visitors and staff. Anyone entering a County Cool Zone will have their temperature taken. All visitors and staff must also wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Time limits may be in place due to limited capacity.

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