Protect your heart and mental health
With a Fontan, the coronavirus pandemic put you, and really everyone, at greater risk. As you know too well, you don't need any extra infections entering your body, especially one like Covid19.
Every country handled the coronavirus pandemic in its own way, according to circumstances. Most countries have now returned to a fairly normal way of living, but it is still worth keeping information on this page, in case it's useful. Though we don't see so much in the media, there are still people dealing with coronavirus and other fast-spreading viruses all across the world.
Practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitising are all things you may still want to do in certain situations.
Whether you feel well or unwell, it's important that you keep attending your regular check-ups and tests, and keep collecting your regular medications, even though doctors' surgeries and hospitals may not be high on your great social outings list!
Equally important is your mental health, even when there is not a pandemic raging. Staying in touch with friends, using Zoom, going outside for exercise, telling someone that you feel lonely, is very important.
This site from the Adult Congenital Heart Association, geared to American students, provided some tips for everyday study life during coronavirus outbreaks.
Also, The Australian and New Zealand Fontan Advocacy Committee put together some videos. A couple of them are below and though they may not be particularly relevant any more, we will leave them up as an archive for a little longer.
Rachel Cordina, an Australian cardiologist who looks after Fontan patients, provides clear and optimistic advice about how you can manage through the coronavirus pandemic.
Gemma, a young Australian adult with a Fontan, talks about how she has managed through the coronavirus pandemic. Gemma is a nurse so the coronavirus has presented her with some challenges.