Kevan has received an update from the British Heart Foundation:
Dear Mr Jones,
I hope you and your staff are keeping well during these uncertain times.
Here at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), people affected by heart and circulatory conditions are at the centre of everything we do, and our response to the current coronavirus crisis is no different.
People with heart or circulatory conditions are at high risk from coronavirus, and we are acutely aware that you may have constituents who are concerned about how Covid-19 could impact their conditions or their daily lives.
So, I wanted to share some information that you might find helpful when responding to casework from constituents with heart or circulatory diseases or their families. We know that Google and social media can be a scary place, so our medical teams have been working tirelessly to digest the guidance being published and create easily accessible content for those that need it.
I have included some links below that may be of particular benefit:
- Coronavirus: what it means for you if you have heart or circulatory disease
- How to keep healthy while you’re self-isolating
- Coronavirus: Which news stories can you trust?
- What’s the difference between self-isolation, social distancing and shielding?
- Does having congenital heart disease mean I am at high risk from coronavirus?
We are updating our web pages as further guidance is issued, so please do feel free to signpost constituents towards this content and consider including this information on your own website or social media in case your constituents are looking for information there.
Separately, as one of the largest funders of medical research in the UK, we are also fully committed to supporting the national effort to tackle Covid-19. For example, we will continue to support clinical researchers whose posts we directly fund, alongside any of their support staff we fund in their award, if they choose to redeploy their time and efforts to Covid-19 research.
Please do let us know if we can support you further in any way throughout this time or if you have any questions about anything included above.
With best wishes,
Dr Charmaine Griffiths
British Heart Foundation