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Important coronavirus (COVID-19) update for our stroke community - December 2020

December 10, 2020

If you require immediate assistance or think you or someone you know is having a stroke call triple zero (000) straight away.

Stroke Foundation services to help you to be safe and well in these challenging times:  

  • StrokeLine (1800 787 653) – Free advice service, staffed by health professionals providing information and advice on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • EnableMe website – Online resource to help survivors and their families navigate the recovery journey and connect.
  • F.A.S.T. (Face. Arms. Speech. Time.) signs of stroke Community Education – Educating Australians to recognise and call triple zero (000) at the first sign of stroke.
  • InformMe – Empowering our health professionals to deliver world-class stroke treatment and care. 
     

While Stroke Foundation’s front-line services continue, we have had to change the way we do some things. You may notice some changes. This may include a delay in the processing of your donation and receipt. 

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.


 
What you need to know about COVID-19 
 
People who have had a stroke should be aware that, just like with the flu, they are at a higher risk of severe symptoms and complications from COVID -19. 
 
Australia has been successful in 'flattening the curve'. Governments are now beginning to take careful steps to ease some of the restrictions that have helped suppress the spread of this virus. However, it remains recommended to practise good hygiene at all times and maintain physical distancing. This means: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This includes before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when you can’t use soap and water.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser straight after disposing of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you use often such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs.
  • Clean and disinfect objects you use often such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes.
  • Use tap and go instead of cash where possible.
  • Increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or changing air conditioning.
  • Practice social distancing - avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
  • Wear a face mask – Where restrictions are in place and social distancing may not be possible wear a mask. See links below to relevant restrictions in your state. 

 

Help slow the spread, Australian and State Governments have put restrictions and advisories in place. These vary from state to state. For advice in your state

 
The Australian Government has recommended consideration of downloading the COVIDSafe app, which works alongside physical distancing, good hygiene and enhanced testing to stop the spread of coronavirus. 
 
Self-isolation, if you have COVID-19, you must stay at home. You might also have to be in quarantine at home for 14 days even if you don’t have COVID-19 — if you have moved from one state or territory to another, have returned from overseas or have been in contact with a person with COVID-19. 

 

 

Who is most at risk of a serious illness?  

Some people who are infected may not get sick at all, some will get mild symptoms from which they will recover easily, and others may become very ill, very quickly.  

Government has provided more information and advice to people who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19. These are: 

 

Stay healthy

Make sure you continue to take your prescribed medications and go to any usual or scheduled healthcare appointments. For more information visit:

 

What should you do if you feel unwell?

The Australian Government Department of Health provides the following advice:

“If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice and get tested. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice [1800 020 080 – the line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week].

To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.

You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given. If you have a mask, wear it to protect others. Stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow.” 

 

Symptoms

COVID-19

 
People with coronavirus may experience: 

  • Fever.
  • Coughing.
  • Sore throat.
  • Fatigue.
  • Shortness of breath.

 
Want more information?

It is important to we all have the correct and up-to-date medical advice and reports.

The World Health Organisation and Australian Government are updating the links below daily. We suggest, monitoring their recommendations and act accordingly. 
 
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 
 
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert 
 
If you have questions about coronavirus, please call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
 
There is a large amount of unverified information circulating on social media. It is important that you seek information on coronavirus from trusted sources. 

 

The Australian Government Department of Health alert is updated as the situation evolves.