Even before the COVID-19 pandemic in the US alone a person suffered a heart attack every 40 seconds, and the global pandemic we currently face will certainly make this terrible statistic continue to get worse. With that in mind it has never been more important for us to not let our guard down as we gradually come out of the COVID-19 quarantine. As your city begins to re-open, and those feelings of jubilation build as we welcome even the smallest form of normalcy back in our lives, for your safety and that of your loved ones please remember to:
- Continue social distancing at least 6 feet apart
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for 20-30 seconds
- Wear a mask out in public and in places it may be hard to social distance
- Do all you can not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Remain mindful when out in public, and limit touching surfaces to little or none when possible
Many “at risk” individuals, such as stroke survivors and individuals with existing heart disease likely face an increased risk from complications if they become infected with covid-19. According to the CDC, people with compromised immune systems, diabetes, lung disease or other underlying conditions are also at higher risk. Statistics are also showing that older people with coronary heart disease or high blood pressure are most likely to develop more severe symptoms, so individuals over 60 must be particularly careful.
Dealing with this global pandemic will continue to be a challenge for everyone in the foreseeable future, so now more than ever it is important not to lose sight on taking measures to remain safe.
Please Be Safe and Stay Healthy!