Home Health & Wellness COVID-19 Concerns
COVID-19 Concerns
Post your questions or concerns about COVID-19 on Reeve Connect for our Information Specialists and experts to address here.

COVID-19 and the Reeve Foundation

JulieJulie Administrator Posts: 17 Reeve Staff
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The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation understands that many members of our community, particularly caregivers, may have questions and concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19. We are closely monitoring national government health agency guidance and consulting with our local and state health agencies on dealing with the coronavirus. We are committed to following the recommendations of local, state, and federal authorities. The health and safety of the community we serve are of the utmost priority. Please watch your email and our social media channels for upcoming event postponements and cancellations.

For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Reeve Foundation recommends that you reference the websites for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local health authorities.

For specific information about symptoms you may be experiencing or questions about personal exposure as someone living with paralysis or as a caregiver, please contact your physician directly. Our team of Information Specialists is available to answer calls, emails, and continue to be a resource for the paralysis community.

We plan to increase our offerings of educational webinars, tips for caregivers, and managing anxiety over the next few weeks. Additionally, please feel free to post your questions or concerns about COVID-19 on Reeve Connect for our Information Specialists and experts to address.

Additional resources:
SCI, flu and coronavirus by Nurse Linda
Coronavirus fact sheet (PDF)


Comments

  • AskNurseLindaAskNurseLinda Moderator, Information Specialist Posts: 102 Information Specialist
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    The COVID-19 virus can affect anyone but those most at risk are aged 60 or above or those with immuno-suppression. Individuals with spinal cord injury from disease or trauma at any age are considered immuno-suppressed. Therefore, everyone needs to be keenly aware of this situation. Follow the guidelines by the CDC which includes hand washing for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Use hand sanitizer when out. Have your caretaker and those around you do the same. Avoid crowds.

    COVID-19 can enter your body just by someone coughing or sneezing near you. I would like to suggest that when you wash your hands, wash your face as well. Have someone do this for you if needed. COVID-19 likes to enter your body through mucous membranes, such as your eyes, nose and mouth. There is no evidence that face washing helps reduce your risk. However, common sense says do it, especially if you are in a vulnerable position such as in a wheelchair. 

    Also, don't forget to do your breathing exercises. Inhale deeply, cough to remove any debris in your lungs. Use the sigh button if you use mechanical ventilation. 

    Stay safe. We all need to be careful. Nurse Linda

    I'm online in this community every Wednesday from 8-9 PM ET to answer your SCI and paralysis related questions.

    Leave a comment any time below. Let's get the discussion going!

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  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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    This is a great post. Thank you for sharing all this info with everyone. There is a lot of confusion out there as to what to do and how to help.. these websites are for sure the most informative and accurate. 

    Take care of yourselves!

    - Brooke 
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
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