COVID-19 Resources and Recommendations

Helpful Tips for Maintaining a Positive Attitude

The rise and spread of COVID-19 can be stressful. As we adapt to a new way of living, how we cope with this stress can play a major role in our mental health. The following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are some helpful tips for maintaining a positive attitude:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting
  • Take care of your body
  • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals
  • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to unwind. Try doing activities that bring a sense of calm or relaxation
  • Go for a hike or take a walk and enjoy the beauty of our natural world

Tips to Staying Safe as We Reopen:

The Mayo Clinic has provided tips to keep yourself safe during the pandemic.

  • Before traveling, check the websites of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for health advisories and self-quarantine requirements. Consider checking the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's website and your airline's website for additional guidance.
  • If you're planning on booking a hotel room, check the hotel's website to learn about precautions being taken and if amenities, such as the gym or restaurant, will be open. Also, confirm the hotel's cancellation policy before making a booking.
  • Before you eat at a restaurant, check the restaurant's safety practices. Is there good ventilation? Are tables set far enough apart from each other to allow for social distancing? Is the menu digital or disposable?
  • Before going to a place of worship, check to see if the size of gatherings is being limited and how that might affect your visit.
  • Before going to the gym, call to see if it's limiting how many members are allowed in at the same time. Ask about the facility's cleaning and disinfecting policies and whether you'll be able to use the locker room or bathroom.

Protecting Yourself from the Spread of COVID-19

Knowing the facts of how to protect yourself from COVID-19 can help put your mind at ease. According to the CDC, here are the best ways to protect yourself when in public:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others, even when you wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands

Community Resources

If at any point you’re feeling emotions such as sadness, anxiety or depression, we have provided a few helpful community resources:

If you or someone you know has symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait to go to a hospital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms of a heart attack can include chest pain, nausea, shortness of breath and fatigue, among others.

 

How Impella® is Helping Some COVID-19 Patients

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two emergency use authorizations (EUAs) allowing Impella to be used to treat heart issues in COVID-19 patients.

One EUA is for most left-sided Impella heart pumps to provide left ventricular unloading and support to COVID-19 patients who are undergoing ECMO treatment and develop pulmonary edema or myocarditis. COVID-19 causes widespread inflammation which can result in damage to the lungs and heart. This damage may cause severe left ventricular dysfunction manifesting as pulmonary edema and/or myocarditis. Impella combined with ECMO therapy (known as ECpella™) has become an important tool for physicians treating COVID-19 patients suffering from both heart and lung failure.

The second EUA is for Impella RP® to include patients suffering from COVID-19 related right heart failure or decompensation, including pulmonary embolism (PE). COVID-19 can create a prothrombotic environment in some patients resulting in acute pulmonary embolism which may lead to acute right ventricular failure. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impella RP has become a therapeutic choice for clinicians treating certain COVID-19 patients suffering right heart failure.

 

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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coping with Stress. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html
  2. COVID-19 safety. Tips for travel, restaurants and the gym. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-safety-tips/art-20485967
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How to Protect Yourself and Others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
  4. American Thoracic Society. https://www.thoracic.org/patients/patient-resources/resources/what-is-ecmo.pdf

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