Advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) from Osteoporosis Australia
19th March 2020
Due to the increasing number of infections across Australia from Coronavirus (Covid-19), Osteoporosis Australia is aware of growing concerns raised by people living with chronic illnesses including osteoporosis as well as on medications taken to manage their conditions.
Firstly, it is critical that you continue to be fully compliant with your treatment and medications for managing your osteoporosis and bone health, and any other chronic conditions you may have. Currently, there is no need to stockpile medications.
In response to the latest medical advice from the Department of Health if you are an older adult with a chronic illness and/or you are taking medications that affect your immune system you may be at a higher risk of more serious Covid-19 disease. Therefore, it is especially important for people living with osteoporosis to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
The Department of Health advises that everyone should practise ongoing good hand and cough hygiene:
• regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser (e.g. before and after eating, and after going to the toilet);
• cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it straight away; wash your hands afterwards;
• cough or sneeze into your (flexed) elbow;
• cough away from other people;
• practice “social distancing” (stay more than 1.5 metres away from people when out in public, if possible); and
• please stay home if you are sick.
As we move into uncertain times over the next few months, it is also important to only get information from credible and trustworthy sources. Visit the Department of Health’s website www.health.gov.au or Health Direct www.healthdirect.gov.au/ as well as your State or Territory public health authority websites which will be providing ongoing updates and information. Osteoporosis Australia will also be regularly updating its’ website as required.
We encourage all people living with osteoporosis to take actions to reduce risks of exposure to Covid-19 and to also continue to protect your bone health as advised.