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Important Coronavirus update for our stroke community

August 06, 2020

Do not ignore the signs of stroke.

If you suspect a stroke call triple zero (000) immediately.  Time saved in treating stroke is brain saved. 

 

Statement from the Chief Executive Officer

I would personally like to thank you for your generosity and understanding as we navigate these challenging times. 

Stroke Foundation stands firm in our mission to prevent stroke, save lives and enhance recovery. We must continue to raise funds to ensure we are there when and where needed most.

The wellbeing of our team and the community we serve is our number one priority, as such we are delivering our fundraising activities in line with Government recommendations and advice.

Where our teams can be out safety educating the community on stroke and raising funds they are. Currently, teams are active in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia.

Teams are following strict safety guidelines including practicing good hygiene, social distancing, no physical contact with members of the public, carrying alcohol-based sanitizer or wipes and using them regularly to disinfect hands and all equipment and surfaces between interactions. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situations, as circumstances and Government advice changes we will act. The wellbeing of our workforce and the community we serve is our priority.

In addition to complying to Government advice, Stroke Foundation is complying with advice issued by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA).  

Be safe and be well, 

Sharon McGowan
Chief Executive Officer 
Stroke Foundation

 

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

What you need to know about coronavirus:

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 practice good hygiene at all times.  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).
  • 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 click here.. 
  • 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 or have been in contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • To protect vulnerable Australians, the Government has also advised reducing visitors to all residential aged care facilities and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

 

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. From previous experience with other coronaviruses, the people at most risk of serious infection are:

  • People with compromised immune systems (e.g. Cancer).
  • Elderly people.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness.
  • People with diagnosed chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension, respiratory disease, Kkidney disease, cardiovascular disease (stroke & heart disease).
  • People in group residential settings.
  • People in detention facilities.

At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

Availability of medicines

The Department of Health has advised that there are no current shortages of or supply issues with  medicines. People with medical conditions are advised to order and obtain your medicines and supplies as usual. There is no need to stockpile.

What should you do if you feel unwell with flu or COVID-19 like symptoms?

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 you should seek medical attention. 

The Department of Health provides the following advice:

“Call ahead of time to book an appointment. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus.

If you must leave home to see your doctor, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others. If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000) for urgent medical help.”

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.

It is important that you seek information on coronavirus from trusted sources.

Visit the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Information Page listed above. This page is regularly updated with the latest information.