Foundation’s COVID-19 Advice

Posted 18th March 2020 by Dave Cross
“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of us around the world”, writes The Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW). It is the latest vape-related organisation to step up with advice regarding the current pandemic, following yesterday’s announcement by the Independent British Vape Trade Association, only this is aimed at the general public.

“In this challenging time, it is important to remember that we are in this together and must all do our part to stop the spread of this virus. To that end, our staff will work remotely and will eliminate all business travel until this immediate crisis is over,” FSFW says.

“As this situation evolves, we advise that everyone stay informed on the latest information communicated by their national and local governments, including the specific protection measures and procedures recommended for your area.”

Below are some basic protective measures that have been provided by the World Health Organization that the FSFW believes all would be wise to follow:

  1. Wash your hands frequently
  2. Maintain social distancing
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  4. Practice respiratory hygiene (Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.)
  5. If you have a fever, cough and find it difficult to breathe, seek medical care early
  6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

“While protective measures like social distancing are necessary to keep us safe, they can also lead to other health issues. Staying indoors, limiting social interactions, eating unhealthy foods, and following stressful, virus-related news can have a cumulative negative impact on your well-being. Therefore, in addition to measures targeted at limiting the spread of the virus, it is also important to engage in behaviours that contribute to general physical and mental health.”

These include:

  1. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and ensure adequate sleep
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Eat a balanced diet
  4. Exercise, ideally outdoors
  5. Manage anxiety or other mental health challenges via behavioral exercises, prescribed medication, meditation, or remote therapy
  6. Remain socially engaged through virtual channels (phone, video chat, etc.)

The Foundation continues: “COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness that has the potential to cause severe symptoms in former or current smokers. Early data from China indicates that smokers may have a substantially increased risk of suffering the most serious consequences of the virus. This evidence echoes existing research on influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchitis—all of which disproportionately affect smokers. Increased risk of these diseases, and of the novel coronavirus, represents yet another reason for smokers to quit.”

The Foundation says it is dedicated to improving global health and will work with its partners to provide guidance and assistance when it can during this crisis.

Related:

  • Foundation for a Smoke-Free World – [link]


 Dave Cross
Article by Dave Cross
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