Chris Hani Baragwanath Cardiology

BARA Cardiology and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Like all institutions our hospital is also affected by the ongoing pandemic caused by coronavirus.

Briefly this infection was first observed in Wuhan province of China in late 2019. Because of the speed of air travel, mode of transmission and the virulent nature of the virus, it rapidly spread to engulf almost all countries of the world. The infection is spread by saliva droplets from an infected person when they cough, sneeze or speak. The droplets can land on the face of the second person and get into their body through the mouth, nose or eyes. The virus then travels along the respiratory tract and can either cause a flu-like upper respiratory tract infection or lower respiratory tract infection deep into the lungs – known as pneumonia. The air sac will be filled with fluids and cells and this interfere with gas exchange and blood oxygenation.

Wash your hands with soap and water
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
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We do not have a cure or vaccine for this virus. The best way is to protect uninfected people from getting infected and buy time for researchers and doctors to find a cure or vaccine, which will take a few months from now.

The best way is to stay at home and minimize going outside your home to mix with neighbors, friends or colleagues. Hence our governments and others all over the world have introduced lockdown where people have to be confined to their homes –  apart from doctors, nurses, police officers, army personnel and other categories of people performing essential services.

How does this affect you as a patient of Bara Cardiology?

  • If you have enough medicines (all your tablets) to last you for the period of the lockdown, it is best that you stay home.
  • If your medications are almost finished, you do need to come back for refill. Keep your appointment card with you in case police stop and ask where you are going to.
  • If you have a serious symptom such as chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness or fainting or incessant palpitations you do need to be seen, either by your GP or Casualty department or your usual cardiac clinic at Bara Cardiology.
  • Continue to take all your medication regularly and for those on warfarin to attend your PI clinic as per your appointment card.

What can I expect when I come to hospital?

  • You will be asked to be at least 2m from other patients in the queue – either seated or standing.
  • You are encouraged to wear a cotton mask or even a scuff to cover your nose and mouth.

Stay home & be safe