We asked our FOP experts in the United States – Drs. Robert Pignolo, Fred Kaplan, Mona Al Mukaddam and Ed Hsiao – for any FOP-specific coronavirus advice.
Their advice? FOP families should follow the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) recommendations for prevention of coronavirus spread. They did note that Tamiflu will not help with coronavirus.
Dr. Pignolo also shared recommendations that were recently provided to the Mayo Clinic Continuity of Care Retirement Community, who represent the most vulnerable group if exposed, that are also good reminders for the FOP community.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If someone is coughing, move away at least 3 feet.
- If you don’t feel well, stay home. You should be free from fever for 24 hours before returning to work (or school).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash immediately and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing Happy Birthday twice).
- When you use hand sanitizer, keep rubbing your hands together until they are dry.
- Don’t share food or eating utensils.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
If you have specific questions, please consult your physician.