Our friend, Jim Broatch is the longtime leader of RSDSA which is the organization that drives research and awareness for those with CRPS. He sent the following to his members this week in light of the Coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the world. I thought I’d share with our readers. At the end, I have a question for you. Here’s Jim’s note:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Here at RSDSA, we are trying our best to filter through these developments and react according to advice from public health organizations we trust such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
By now, there isn’t a single person who hasn’t heard about the spread of COVID-19, aka coronavirus. We do hope everyone is sticking to reliable and scientifically based information. This is not to add to any alarm, but rather to let you know we care.
Some general hygiene and sensible advice:
Please practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds or two choruses of “Happy Birthday”
Cover your nose & mouth if you have to sneeze or cough, preferably with your elbow, sleeve or tissue
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Try to stay informed from reliable scientific sources. The CDC and the WHO are updating their sites with the latest information.
A physician close to RSDSA also says in order to be prepared for a community lockdown try to have:
- A week of food supplies
- Two weeks’ worth of medication on hand
Editor’s Note: And now our question. How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting you—in terms of your own health, (physical or mental or both) what are you doing for you and your family to prepare, have you spoken with your health care providers, has your own care been compromised etc.?
Let us know in our commentary section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org