COVID-19 and IEI: How do we test and treat it?

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

COVID-19 can have severe effects on people with immunity problems.  They are part of the group of immunocompromised individuals who must be vaccinated and provided with additional protection, even more than the general population.

There are more than 400 types of immunodeficiencies that have been identified.  Some people have inborn immunity errors (IEI), while other immunodeficiencies manifest later in life.

Recent studies in the Philippines show that there seem to be more cases of IEI among children, so it is important to keep a close watch on children, particularly those with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

This Friday, September 23, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against COVID—current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

This week’s episode of the “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is entitled “Problema sa Immune System: COVID-19 and Inborn Errors of Immunity.” We will take a closer look at IEI to understand how to identify these patients and provide a proper referral to specialists who can help manage them, particularly if they acquire COVID-19.

We will find out how IEEI can be tested and treated. We will also talk about family history and the genetic predisposition for acquiring these conditions, as well as pregnancy, cancers, and other diseases that could be affected by IEI.

The main presenter is the leading pediatrician in IEI, Dr. Fatima Johanna T. Santos. She is the Head of the Immunology Council of the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (PSAAI) and the Advisor of the Philippine Organization of Patients with Primary Immunodeficiency (PHILPOPI).

Two IEI patients will also talk about their experiences: Harris Baraguir and Katrina Villareal, both members of PHILPOPI.

The synthesis and closing remarks will be delivered by Dr. Stella Marie L. Jose, Deputy Director for Health Operations at UP PGH.

Register here and catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter account, TVUP’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

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