The virus can cause pneumonia-like symptoms. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs, as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were vulnerable because of existing underlying health conditions.
The name Covid-19 was announced on 11 February by the World Health Organization. The director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said: “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising.”(1)
For general prevention, the CDC recommends the following preventive measures to increase community resilience and readiness for response to an outbreak:
- Voluntary home isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Respiratory etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Hand hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60–95% alcohol.
- Environmental health action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. (2)
Covid-19 Resuce Hub
Resources pages from SAFE member countries
UK: The Stroke Association UK (information that apply for the UK)
Portugal: Portugal AVC National Patient Survey on stroke and Covid-19 (Portuguese)
Other organisations resources:
Please see other live updates and resource hubs from the organisations below:
Please see this video, produced by the Angels Initiative for Italy with all relevant stroke related scientific societies and A.L.I.C.E: Emergenza COVID-19 – L’Ictus non resta a casa
And the Spanish version, including also a TV moderator and soccer stars Emergencia COVID-19: El Ictus no se queda en casa
We will be updating the list of resource pages as we get updates from other countries where SAFE has a member stroke support organisation.
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(1) Source: The Guardian.com
(2) Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)