As the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias is committed to supporting you with information and resources. Follow this page or sign up for emails at the bottom of this page to get the most up-to-date information.
This is a new virus so there are no published studies to know how COVID-19 specifically impacts individuals affected by ectodermal dysplasias. However, individuals who have issues with their respiratory or immune systems are likely to have an increased risk of more severe infection.
Because of this, we know that many of you may be scared. Now is the time to stay calm and know we are here to help.
News from the NFED
- Many of our communities have opened up to varying degrees during the past few weeks – and right at the time that summer temperatures are climbing. New safety measures for living in this COVID-19 world may bring extra challenges for people affected by ectodermal dysplasias. We have tips and resources to help you.
- Mary Fete and Dr. Tim Fete share tips for helping teens with ectodermal dysplasias cope with life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- There are many emotions that we are all experiencing throughout these days of uncertainty. It’s highly likely that each of us will travel through the stages of grief. Some days, the stress can feel so heavy. It’s important to recognize and accept that this is OKAY! While our situations and personal experiences may be different, we’re all learning how to accept and cope with the changes in our lives as a result of COVID-19
- You may be worried about how COVID-19 could affect your loved ones who are at higher risk. And that's stressful. Follow these practical steps to keep you and your family healthy. Your NFED family is here for you!
- To protect the health and safety of families affected by ectodermal dysplasias, the NFED has canceled our 2020 Family Conference in Washington D.C.
Your NFED family is always here for you. Connect with others who are affected by ectodermal dysplasias virtually in our private Facebook Groups ›
Drs. Tim Fete and Clayton Butcher present information on common ectodermal dysplasias health concerns. including information about COVID-19.
In this pre-recorded Facebook Live, Executive Director Mary Fete and pediatrician, Dr. Tim Fete, share important information about the coronavirus, how to stay healthy, and ways to help you and your children cope.
Supporting You. Supporting Each Other.
Our NFED staff is working remotely but ready and available to talk to you. Contact our office at 618-566-2020 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT if you have questions, are seeking information or just want to talk.
Let Us Know
If you or your loved one with ectodermal dysplasia is diagnosed with COVID-19, please let us know. This information will help us understand how it’s impacting our community.
We encourage you to get updates about COVID-19 from reputable sources such as the following:
- CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CDC What’s New
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions
- World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak
- HealthyChildren.org – The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips on how to care for kids with special health needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.