Sarah Hyland on How Her Kidney Transplants Left Her Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

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While nerves are frayed across the globe thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, this is especially true for those who are immunocompromised.

Sarah Hyland is experiencing this anxiety firsthand.

The 29-year-old Modern Family actress recently opened up about her coronavirus anxiety on the podcast Brad Behavior, speaking with celebrity stylist Brad Goreski about her vulnerable state and heightened fear. She said,

“I am obviously immunocompromised with my transplant history and am on immunosuppressants, so everything in this house is sanitized.”

She continued,

”Say someone gets a 24-hour bug, I get it for a week or more. For me, it’s really dangerous. My panic level is pretty high. But I also have a lot of health issues that are very susceptible to stress, so I’m trying to remain calm.”

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Sarah showing off her surgery scars on Instagram

Hyland has always been candid about her ongoing health issues. The actress was born with kidney dysplasia, a genetic disorder that resulted in her undergoing 16 surgeries, including two kidney transplants in six years. Additionally, Hyland has been battling endometriosis. As a result, she has a weakened immune system and a reduced ability to fight infections.

So it’s no wonder that she gets annoyed with the “young, healthy people who are raiding grocery stores, who are raiding pharmacies.”

She explained,

“They’re leaving people over the age of 60, who may not have a child to do their shopping for them, left to their own devices.”

Ultimately, Hyland wants the focus to be on practicing “compassion, love, generosity” — especially from the safety of your couch. Her game plan for the next several weeks? To stay home. And, to protect immunocompromised people like Hyland as well as the elderly, that should be your game plan too.

“We’re literally dealing with people who could die and I just think it’s really a time to come together.”


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