Updated: 17 March 2020 at 16:18
As the situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops, we all need to be thinking of ways to keep ourselves and our families safe.
For people with Cavernoma, there is no increased risk of catching the virus. However, it is sensible to take reasonable precautions to reduce the chances of catching Coronavirus.
Self Isolation Advice
We have been asked whether people with cavernoma should self isolate in view of the Government’s updated guidelines. These stated that people with long term health conditions that would normally require them to have the flu jab, should do so.
Some parents have had letters from school indicating that people with “chronic neurological conditions” should self isolate for 12 weeks. They have asked us if this includes people with cavernoma.
Our Medical Adviser, Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman gave us the following direction:
“Cavernoma is not specifically mentioned as a condition that requires people to have the flu vaccine (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/#flu-vaccine-for-people-with-medical-conditions).
For most people, cavernoma is not like, “chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy.” But for patients with cavernoma who are impaired in a way similar to patients with the conditions above, it would be sensible to consider the social distancing measures recommended by the Government.”
The situation, and decision made by individuals, will be different depending on the particular individual and the symptoms they experience.
If you are currently taking medication, and become unwell, it is important to keep taking your medication.
- Regarding anti-epilepsy medication – remember that fever reduces the seizure threshold. It’s important to stay on your anti-seizure medication unless instructed by a doctor to do otherwise.
- Regarding propranolol – “Beta-blockers are not immunosuppressive agents BUT they can worsen the symptoms of a viral illness such as wheezing.” If you become ill, you should discuss discontinuation with your medical provider.
- Post-surgical care – those who are recently post-surgical will need to be extra mindful of social distancing and hygiene as you need time to recover. Also, if you’ve been given an incentive spirometer for pulmonary exercise, it’s very important to use it.
All of our events are currently cancelled.
We will be looking at trying to re-schedule these events at a later date once things settle down, or some events may be replaced by virtual online webinars. We will provide more details when we have them.
Please check back regularly for future updates.
Annual Forum May 2020
Following the Government’s updated advice on 12 March, we are looking at the best ways to ensure everyone is kept safe. For people with a cavernoma, there is no increased risk of catching the virus. However, Government advice is to extra precautions to reduce risk for people with existing health conditions.
As a result of this, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 30-31 May 2020 Annual Conference.
What will we do instead?
We have some exciting talks and presentations planned for you, and we don’t want you to miss out. Therefore, we are busy arranging for the sessions to be held Virtually. As soon as we have the details in place, we will let you know how to sign up to the virtual sessions.
Like you, we are very disappointed not to be meeting you all in person this year. But we have a responsibility to each and every one of you and we wish to fulfill that with care. The virtual conference will be an exciting venture, and will pave the way for future webinars that will be available to everyone, regardless of whether or not you can travel.
What about next year?
We know how valuable it is to meet in person, and will plan to hold these events, as normal, next year.
We will update this information as the situation progresses.