Advice for people living with CRPS or an Underlying Health Condition

Older people and persons with pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, a weakened or suppressed immune system and for those who appear to develop serious illness more often than others have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill and developing difficulty breathing.

This includes those living with CRPS.

It is advisable to limit your contact with others to avoid contracting COVID-19.

You can do this by :

  • following good hygiene guidelines such as washing, or sanitising your hands often and covering your cough or a sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and then binning the tissue immediately

  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands without washing them first or using a clean tissue

  • if you live with other people use a separate bathroom if you are able to, do not share towels,  and maintain safe distances where possible.

  • frequently wash high use items such as towels.

  • disinfect high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, taps, light switches, toilets, cupboard and drawer handles, kitchen and bathroom surfaces etc often.  Clean with household detergent or disinfectant (check the instructions on cleaners you use – some need to be left on surfaces for up to 10 minutes to be effective)

  • clean or disinfect your high use personal items such as phones, ipads, laptops, keyboards, touchscreens, including bag handles and the undersides of handbags which may have been in contact with a public surface before coming back into the home)

  • use good food safety practices, such as handling raw meat with care and not eating raw or undercooked animal products.

    • preparing food safely

    • serving food safely

  • when using public bathrooms wash your hands well and use a paper towel to turn off the tap, bin it and then use another paper towel to open the door when leaving.

  • when eating out in public try to use order only, do not share buffets and be careful of the handling of cutlery, straws etc. especially if they are in open containers in a public area or pre-laid on tables.  If possible wipe utensils down and or use your own cutlery, straws etc.

  • stay 1.5 m away from other people in public

  • avoid high contact surfaces in public spaces – lift buttons (use a knuckle), stair bannisters, handrail on escalators, grab rails on public transport etc.  If you must touch them, try placing a barrier between you and the surface if you can and wash or sanitise your hands immediately if you can’t avoid it.

  • Avoid leaving home where possible

    • work remotely from your house

    • use contactless food and shopping delivery services

  • Increase ventilation in your home by opening doors or adjusting air-conditioning.

  • avoiding crowded areas or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

  • limiting your face-to-face interactions with people.

  • limiting the numbers of visitors and carers to your home where possible.

  • avoiding physical contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging etc.).

  • Find alternative accommodation, if necessary, to separate yourself from a person who is sick.

  • Getting people who live with you or have frequent contact with you to follow the same guidelines to minimise their risk of contracting COVID-19 and passing it on to you.

If you become unwell, develop a fever (above 37.5°C), dry cough or other symptoms please seek medical attention.