COVID-19 update

New update from our CEO

Please find out more about how we are operating our services based on the latest COVID-19 update here.

 

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large and diverse family of viruses which cause illnesses such as the common cold. Covid-19 is a new type of coronavirus disease, which has undergone genetic mutations over time and one of these variants, the Delta variant, is now becoming the dominant variant globally.

The Delta variant can cause a more severe illness and people infected with this variant are at higher risk of needing hospitalisation. The chance of passing on the Delta variant to others is very high.1 

 

I’m a stroke survivor. What does coronavirus mean for me?

Stroke survivors have been telling us that they are worried about the coronavirus.

Many people who have had a stroke belong to an at-risk group, such as older people and those with health conditions like heart disease or respiratory disease, so we understand that it’s a real concern for many.

 

How can I reduce my risk?

To immediately help reduce your risk, please follow the steps below.

·       Physical distancing of 2m where possible

·       Wear a face covering on public transport, in supermarkets and healthcare facilities. It is encouraged to also wear a face covering when leaving your home.

·       Keep indoor rooms well ventilated (eg, by opening windows and doors) where possible

·       If you feel unwell, stay home

·       If you show any symptoms, call Healthline and get a COVID-19 test

·       Keep a record of where you’ve been or scan in wherever you go using the COVID Tracer app and turn Bluetooth on your phone so you can be contacted if you have been near a case.

·       Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:

before eating or handling food

after using the toilet

after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses

after caring for sick people

·       Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes

·       Avoid contact with people who may be an increased risk to you (e.g. children who have the flu)

·       Avoid face-to-face contact with people who have flu-like symptoms

·       Ask people to use a tissue and cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and to wash their hands afterwards.

 

The Stroke Foundation encourages all people to be vaccinated to increase your protection against COVID-19. We recommend to get a health professional’s advice to assess your individual situation.

We want to ensure that you are armed with the right tools so that you can manage your health at this difficult time. If you or your family member has had a stroke and have a carer, you have the right to ask questions about their hygiene process, ensuring that they have washed their hands and have access to a face mask and latex gloves if this makes you feel more comfortable.

If you’re concerned about asking these questions, feel free to say, “the Stroke Foundation has asked me to check…” as we want to help you receive the best possible care.

 

Look after your general health

Keep any medical appointments for your health conditions unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Getting your usual checks will make sure you are getting the treatment you need and keep taking any medication you are prescribed.

You can also help stay fit and well by eating a healthy, balanced diet and being as active as possible.

 

Where can I find more information?

We are continuing to follow advice from the Ministry of Health websites which are updated daily. You can follow these too:

·       https://covid19.govt.nz/

·       https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

·       https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19/covid-19-about-delta-variant

 

Making a referral

DHB professionals who would like to make a referral to our Community Stroke Advisor service can easily do so at this time. People will continue to have strokes and our critical services are continuing to operate. Simply fill out the referral form and send back to us, or fill in the online form here.

 

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1 https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19/covid-19-about-delta-variant