At CHSF we know that many families are worried about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may potentially affect you and your children.
The current situation is rapidly evolving, and we are taking care not to provide conflicting or confusing information. We are currently following the advice set out on the NHS website which is constantly being updated with the latest information and recommendations.
Below is a statement about our approach, FAQs and some resources.
We are in regular contact with the hospital and other charities – as soon as we have any updated information we will endeavour to share it with you.
Latest CHD-specific advice
The Leeds Congenital Heart Unit are monitoring things closely and will share with their followers when and if information and/or advice changes. For the latest CHD-specific advice for our regions patients and their families, visit the LCHU webpage…
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
WHAT CAN I DO TO KEEP MYSELF SAFE?
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
WHAT IS THE SITUATION FOR PEOPLE WITH CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE? IS MY CHILD AT INCREASED RISK?
Currently there is no specific medical advice for those with congenital heart disease.
Government websites have shared that: “Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.”
If you are concerned for your child’s health regarding coronavirus you should contact their doctor, nurse or specialist team for advice.
We will update this web page and share any updates on our social media.
MY HOSPITAL HAS PATIENTS WITH CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), IS IT SAFE FOR ME TO ATTEND?
For all cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19), the person being treated in hospital is in isolation so these patients do not cause a threat to others.
Check your hospital’s current guidance about attending appointments as some may suggest only attending necessary appointments and avoiding unnecessary attendance.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS
If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it:
- stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do nexT
The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.
If a family member is concerned that they might have COVID-19, advise them that it is best to following the advice above, and avoid contact with others. The NHS website has a list of frequently asked questions about coronavirus that may be useful in these situations.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON CHSF’S WORK?
We will continue with our work and events based on guidance from the NHS. We are in communication with supporters who are fundraising for CHSF and will be closely monitoring updates as to how best support our fundraisers and families.
Please see CHSF’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) near the top of this page.
HOW CAN I HELP CHSF AND THE HEART COMMUNITY AT THIS TIME?
Please continue to plan fundraising events, contact us if you are concerned about your plans, you can still donate – families need charities like CHSF to ensure they get support and information when they need it most.
Your wellbeing and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be causing you and your family to feel stressed.
During times of stress, pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food. Keep things in perspective.
Public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak to ensure the availability of the best care to those affected.
See the below resources from the World Health Organisation for more infomation on managing stress during this time.
Updates from CHSF
We’ll be updating this page and using our social media channels to share any updates as soon as we have them and keep our community updated.
Please remember CHSF are not medical professionals therefore if you require specific advice please use the COVID-19 NHS 11 service.
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