Commonly known as the coronavirus, COVID-19 is a new virus that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. 1
Though much is still unknown, those with a compromised immune system will most likely have a more serious reaction than those who do not. According to the CDC, people at “Higher Risk of getting very sick of COVID-19” include older adults and people with heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Their advice is to be prepared by doing things like stocking up on supplies, taking precautions to keep distance from others, and washing hands often. Further suggestions instruct to avoid crowds, cruises, and non-essential air travel and to stay home as much as possible during a COVID-19 community outbreak. 2
It is suggested to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. First wet your hands, then apply a liberal amount of soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a second choice. Watch this video to learn more about good handwashing practices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d914EnpU4Fo.
It is important to not panic, but to be prepared. Only trust credible sources to monitor the situation. Please remember if you yourself are not considered high risk, there is a high chance you will come in contact with someone who is. Be vigilant not only for yourself, but for others as well.
Wondering more about how the coronavirus affects CHD patients? Join Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Aric Gregson and ACHA Medical Advisory Board Chair Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn for an important presentation followed by a live Q&A on Monday, March 16th. Register at achaheart.org/webinars. Please note: Those who cannot attend live can access a recording on ACHA’s website next week.