Let me pass on some potentially very useful information to you.
A son of one of our members is a Consultant in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Oran Rigby, and with a colleague he has developed an online resource that might be very helpful to you and your members.
“At a high level, it's all about the power of the collective providing greater advice to the individual.
The people whom this vicious virus is most targeting is the elderly and those with co-morbidities or pre-existing chronic illness - (In Ireland that’s over 1 million people over 65) - the very people who would benefit from both a sequential assessment, advice and in due course virtual communities.
Therefore we are striving to get the message through to this cohort.
We've developed a Covid risk assessment & monitoring tool, as per our site www.Akkure4Covid.com and are seeking groups with extensive reach to older and vulnerable members of the community >60 years old in Ireland, who would be open to sharing this across their member base.
Developed by expert Dublin based consultants in Intensive Care & Disaster medicine and lung & respiratory illness, it takes approx. 1 minute to complete. “
I have undertaken this assessment exercise myself and it is not in any way intrusive – with the possible exception of “are you morbidly obese?” – to which I answered “No”. Apparently there are different definitions of “Morbidly obese” and I suspect that perhaps you will know from your doctor into which category you fit – but if the question had been perhaps “Are you built for comfort or speed?” I would have been happy to answer – Comfort!!
I realise that absolutely nothing about our current situation is in any way amusing but I would suggest that you might find this www.Akkure4Covid.com a very useful tool to give yourselves a degree of comfort, without burdening your GP; alternatively, it might just provide the impetus to get you to contact your doctor to get help for yourself.
The site provides an almost instantaneous response, so please do try it and pass it on to all the members you can contact. Don’t pass judgement on the resource because it may not be of benefit to yourself – let everyone make their own choice.
There is no cost involved – but there could be enormous benefit in the comfort it could give to an individual.
This Covid-19 situation is not going away any time soon and we want to have you all fit and ready to get back to our wonderful game just as soon as we can.