Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info Hub
The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic requiring a global coordinated effort. There is currently no vaccine available for this new virus and symptoms can include fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue and/or shortness of breath.
We are concerned for the welfare of our community living with muscle wasting conditions who may be at a higher risk of developing complications should they contract COVID-19. This list of resources has been gathered to assist our clients other members of our community with decision making during this time.
- Australian Government Department of Health – have developed a health alert hub with comprehensive, up-to-date information about the virus and how to manage it.
- NDIS Participant Information – the National Disability Insurance Agency provides good information for NDIS participants with FAQ response style information about; health and safety, managing your plan and advice for providers
- COVID-19 Infection Control Training Course – Published by the Department of Health, this online training resource provides training on the fundamentals of infection prevention and control and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You might find it useful for yourself or your disability support workers to complete.
- PPMD Coronavirus Recommendations – this web page is developed for an American audience but has good information focused on people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which may be useful for people in Australia with DMD and others living with similar muscle wasting conditions
- Association of British Neurologists Guidance on COVID-19 for people with neurological conditions, their doctors and carers-22 March 2020 Experts in neurological subspecialities have attempted to estimate the risk associated with COVID-19 from each neurological condition or its treatment. This includes risks for each type of neuromuscular condition and the impact of different treatments from neuromuscular conditions
- Muscular Dystrophy UK – Detailed guidance on risks from coronavirus for people with muscle-wasting conditions – this web page is targeted to a UK audience but contains some helpful information that is relevant regardless of where you live
- Respiratory Care Recommendations – Myotonic.org – targeted to people with Myotonic Dystrophy but useful advice for those with other neuromuscular conditions that use non-invasive ventilation or cough assist.
Updates on MDQ’s services:
- MDQ’s Infection Control Measures – This page provides information about the way MDQ is responding to coronavirus recommendations and implementing changes to protect the health and wellbeing on our clients, their families and carers and our staff. This includes information about any changes we are making to the way we work, the way we provide services and any changes to our fundraising events.
- MDQ’s Client Updates – we’re keeping people updated with more regular editions of our client updates. Sign up or read past editions of our client updates here.
- Counselling and Support – Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. This page provides some handy tips to help you if you’re concerned about your response to the virus alerts.
- Breathe Well Cough Assist Program – If you do come down with a respiratory infection and would like to hire a Cough Assist machine on short term loan through MDQ’s Breathe Well program, we encourage you to let us know so that we are able to organise the loan in good time and help you avoid progression to a serious respiratory event.
- Allied Health – we are still providing face-to-face physio and allied health assistant services. Occupational therapy is also continuing however there are some temporary changes in place if face-to-face appointment are required. All of our allied health services are available under a telehealth model and we would encourage you to take advantage of this option if possible. The NDIA has introduced a temporary 10% levy and changed the cancellation policy. These new changes are effective immediately. See the changes.
We want to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our clients, their families and carers is our highest priority. Our focus is on continuing to offer our support and assistance where it is needed. Please contact us on 07 3243 9700 or email us if you have concerns of queries you’d like to discuss. We’re here for you.