Coranavirus: What you Need to Know | Heart2Heart Cardiac Physio

In the last few weeks, we have had quite a few questions around Covid-19, or “coronavirus”.  As we look after clients who are in the vulnerable category it is important for us that they stay safe.  We are reviewing the situation continuously and will continue to review our practice and will close if there is any risk identified. 

Here are some of the coronavirus questions that have come up repeatedly at our sessions:

 

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.                                                                                                

 

Am I in the Coronavirus vulnerable group if I have Heart Disease?

If you have a heart disease you are more prone to complications if you develop the coronavirus yourself. You have the same risk as everyone else in developing it.

 

How do I Prevent Coronavirus?

The single greatest defence against the virus is handwashing.  This can be with soap and water or with a hand sanitiser if your hands are visible clean.  Many people are finding it difficult to understand why it should take 20 seconds to clean your hands effectively.  There are many crevices in your hands and many areas for droplets to access. View this demonstration from the HSE website.  

Many found the demonstration on the Late Late Show incredible, but this duration and thoroughness is essential.  Vigilance is paramount. Remember we are all relying on each other to ensure that we minimise the spread so highlighting bad habits to others is good practice. 

Keeping safe distances from each other in important.  A minimum of two metres has been recommended. 

Cough into your elbow – the method of transfer is through your hands so as you are more likely to touch your face inadvertently with elbow than your hand. The Coronavirus spreads through your eyes nose and mouth.  You are less likely to touch your face with a contaminated elbow that contaminated hands. 

Ensure that you keep all your work surfaces clean.   

Remember the coronavirus incubation period is 14 days.

 

What Can you do when you are limited to indoors?

Keep the house well ventilated. Keep active in your home.  Each day that you stay in bed you lose 15% of your muscle mass. Being housebound or limited in your activity will reduce your exercise capacity.  It is important in these unsure times that you complete as regular strength programme.

 

How to Exercise during Self Isolation or if I am Housebound:

It is important that you keep active at home.  Each day that you stay in bed you lose 15% of your muscle mass. Being housebound or limited in your activity will reduce your exercise capacity.  It is important in these unsure times that you complete as regular strength programme. The recommended prescription for heart health is 15 times each exercise, and 3 times per day.

 

You need to keep generally active at home.  The Netflix binges can be enjoyable but we see a significant reduction in activity for those housebound days with sometimes as little as 1000 steps completed for the day.  Aim to achieve a minimum of 5000 steps. If you have an iphone or android phone you can use your activity monitor to track your progress. Please be aware it safe to exercise outdoors.  If you are exercising with other please maintain social distance of a minimum of one metre but ideally two.

 

Some simple Excercise tips during coronavirus: 

  • Use the bathroom on a different floor to add to your step count 
  • The stairs is also a good activity and can be used as a stepper so when you are in the gym you might do 4 to 5 minutes in the stepper – you can do the same on the stairs. 
  • Tap into some exercise videos – we are currently looking at delivering online classes when we have to close for a period. You can get in contact with us here if you are interested.

 

Remember, most people (80%) who develop the Coronavirus have mild to moderate symptoms and recover. 

Play your part – keep your hands clean. 

Should you develop symptoms of the Coronavirus please contact your GP by phone.

 

Coronavirus Symptoms are as follows: 

  • Runny nose 
  • Sore throat 
  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Difficulty breathing

 

Please note the accurate information source for everyone is the HSE – www.hse.ie 

Remember from all of us at Heart 2 Heart want you to stay safe and well please keep your hands clean and follow the guidelines from our public health experts in the Health Service Executive. If you have any questions or wish to book into one of our courses, please find our contact information here.

 

We are very happy to help with any queries.

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