This is a note sent by the US Pain Foundation to its thousands of followers. It’s important and worthy of sending to all who are patient/pain advocates.
In light of concerns surrounding COVID-19, U.S. Pain Foundation is putting a temporary hold on in-person events and programs, including support group meetings, our upcoming Advocacy Summit, and our spring Pediatric Pain Warrior Retreat.
Fortunately, much of our programming is offered remotely and will continue as normal. For example, we will continue to offer our five monthly Pain Connection Live support group calls. These calls are led by trained leaders and follow a traditional support group format-but you can participate from the comfort of home. We also have a free webinar on Tuesday at 1 pm EST, “Getting the most out of PT: Secrets from a physical therapist.”
The safety of our community, who could be at increased risk of serious COVID-19 illness because of underlying health conditions, is our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.
What you should know about COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority of COVID-19 cases are mild. However, older people and people with underlying chronic conditions are at higher risk of developing more serious COVID-19 illness.
The CDC suggests that these two populations take special precautions.
Special precautions for those at higher risk
It is important to note that the disease can be spread even before a person is visibly sick, which is why precautions for vulnerable populations are important. Special precautions suggested by the CDC for vulnerable populations include:
Stocking up on supplies, like food and medication.
Taking everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
When out in public, keeping away from others who are sick, limiting close contact and washing your hands often.
Avoiding crowds as much as possible.
Avoiding cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, staying home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Signs and symptoms of illness
According to the CDC, here is what to watch for as far as symptoms and emergency warning signs.
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs* include:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Please note that the majority of the information we have shared in this email comes directly from the CDC website, which has a number of helpful resources, including more tips for preventing the spread of illness. We also encourage you to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date information as the situation evolves.
We will continue to provide updates as necessary, and will inform you once U.S. Pain events and programming are back to normal schedules.
Pain warriors already know what it takes to be strong in difficult situations. But please be extra careful for the time being, especially if you have special risk factors.
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