WHY IS AN AED NEEDED DURING COVID-19?
Since February 2020, sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) have increased across the globe. Here's why it's more important now than ever before to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) available.
Several factors are driving this increase:
- Hesitancy to go to the hospital and seek care due to COVID
- Increase in EMS response times due to teams being stretched thin due to COVID
- Underlying cardiovascular issues before having COVID
- Cardiovascular issues or Myocarditis as a result of having COVID
- 78% of recovered Covid patients had ongoing heart abnormalities and 60% had myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle – which can put you at risk for complications including heart arrhythmias, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death.
- Studies in Denver and NYC show an excess of Cardiac Arrest in the community during the Covid-19 Pandemic by 2-3 times.
- Two studies in Italy show a 52% and 58% increase in Out of Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The deadline to use your CARES Act funding has been extended according to Sec. 1001. Coronavirus Relief Fund Extension:
"...extends the date by which state and local governments must make expenditures with CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund awards from December 30, 2020 to December 31, 2021"
Approved use of CARES Act funding:
“Expenses for acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies, including sanitizing products and personal protective equipment, for medical personnel, police officers, social workers, child protection services, and child welfare officers, direct service providers for older adults and individuals with disabilities in community settings, and other public health or safety workers in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
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