Does anyone know where I stand ..covid-19

I've complete congental heart block, a heart murmur, long qt and high blood pressure and I've been fitted with a dual pacemaker paced at 60bpm. How much am I at high risk with these possible new guidelines of 12 weeks self containment files that could be issued by the weekend. My son attends high school and if he goes to school he could bring the virus home or catch it with out knowing being a carrier so the oscillation I'd be doing wouldn't be any use. Can anyone help me out. Also my partner works at a train station working with the public all shift, does this mean I need to self isolate from him too due to being high risk...I'm going mad here trying to keep safe 



by AgentX86 - 2020-03-16 21:09:44

It's hard to tell but it seems that it's up to you how much you want to protect yourself. However, you're 45YO so don't have age going against you.  Most of the other things don't seem like they'd be a particular problem other than, perhaps, the high blood pressure if it's uncontrolled. The heart block and long QT are taken care of by the pacemaker.  The heart murmur is essentially a leaky valve so it could be an issue, depending on how bad it is, I suppose.  I'd thing this question would be best to ask of your doctors.  I agree the guidelines are pretty vague.

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"Government officials have said this includes: respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronia heart disease, liver disease, or any neurological disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.

Brits who are having chemotherapy or who have recently had it will also be at risk."

Risk Assessment of Coronavirus

by Selwyn - 2020-03-17 14:56:17

For your Lothian area :  29 cases in Lothian, out of a local population of 897,770 ( todays figures)

if you believe the figures! This  likely to mean that there has been and are 29 patients in the hospital system or contacts. Some of these cases will not longer be infectious.

In 2009,  2,605 people died in road traffic accidents in the UK. 

Risk of Dying next year from a fall:
Tripping/slipping at same level        1 in 445,729
Falling from bed, chair or furniture    1 in 366,804
Falling from stairs or steps        1 in 180,188
Falling from ladder or scaffolding    1 in 709,215
Falling out of building            1 in 516,950

ie. there will be about 10 deaths in your area this year from falls. 

It is difficult to assess the risk of staying at home, sleeping in a bed, or suicide relating to depression. 

Nothing in life is without risk.  

What is important is to take sensible precautions without damaging your well being. We don't normally climb ladders if we are feeling dizzy!



by AgentX86 - 2020-03-17 16:07:29

How many will fall out of a building because their neighbor fell out of a building?  How many people will fall out of that building because they fell out of the building?  How many in the next town will fall out of the building becacuse they fell out of a building? What's the exponent?  It's really not comparable.


by Selwyn - 2020-03-18 15:44:54

Risk is risk when looking at mortality. That is the comparison!

If you want to look at influenza deaths for 2018-2019 in the UK, there were 1692.

The death toll in UK to date from those having a positive  coronavirus test  is 99 ( as from today). Of course, some of those may have died anyway, either now or in the near future.

Approximately 1400 people die in the UK every day, under normal circumstances.

What is important is to take sensible precautions without damaging your well being.





by AgentX86 - 2020-03-18 20:49:41

We're only in the begining stages of this pandemic.  It's going to get worse.  More people aren't going to jump out of buildings.  More *are* going to get sick.  You are at risk of one, not so much the other.

That said, I do belive it's being over-hyped.  It's certainly not worth 1/3 of the wealth of a country.  ...and the news media is going to keep hammering it.

For Congenital Heart patients

by Pacemum - 2020-03-19 04:01:33

The following has been issued by British Congenital Cardiac Association and Leeds congenital Hearts


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