People living with Cardiovascular disease
(CVD) can get very sick with COVID-19.
CVD is a term that includes a number of conditions, including high blood pressure, angina/coronary disease, heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.
While Alert-Level 2 restrictions are in place, it’s important that we all follow the basic advice for general hygiene.
If you or a whānau member becomes suddenly unwell, for example, with severe chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness or slurred speech, you should contact your doctor or call 111 immediately.
There are less restrictions during Alert-Level 2 so it's even more important that you and your whānau follow the basic advice for general hygiene.
General hygiene advice is available here.
General advice for people with heart conditions
Alert-Level 2 means that staying home is no longer mandatory. However, you should continue to stay home if you are able.
If you need or want to return to mahi, you should:
Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, before leaving your whare
Avoid crowds or people who are mauuiui (sick)
While out, stay atleast 2 metres away from others
Avoid touching surfaces and then your face
Avoid sharing things with others like your mobile phone or a pen
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser while you are out and wash your hands again when you get home.
At home, you should regularly wipe down surfaces that get touched often, such as benches, door handles and light switches.
We recommend that you limit contact with others you don't know as much as possible. You should keep a record of where you have been and who you have been in contact with.
Advice on how to stay well is available here.
Information about healthcare for people with CVD during Alert-Level 2 is available here.
Information about managing CVD during Alert-Level 2 is available here.
Free flu vaccinations are now available to all people with CVD. A flu vaccination won’t protect you from COVID-19 but it will help to keep you healthy during winter. More information about flu vaccinations is available here.