The Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) has updated its ‘Réponses rapides’ (recommendations for the treatment of particular conditions) for psychological trauma and chronic diseases in the light of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HAS notes that measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which have forced many into social isolation, may have disproportionately affected those suffering from psychological trauma. Their psychological state may have been weakened as a result of the pandemic. In response, HAS says that access to specialised psychiatric treatment must be guaranteed for patients who need it. In addition, it recommends that patients and their close friends and family be made aware of the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and of their right to exceed the one hour limit to exercise imposed by the government. They also have the right to travel beyond the one kilometre limit from their home, imposed by the government, as long as they carry a document detailing their disability.
In regard to those suffering from chronic diseases, HAS notes that during the lockdown imposed by the government in response to the pandemic, many will have stopped attending appointments and getting treatment in fear of contracting COVID-19. HAS recommends that patients must continue to attend follow-up appointments and get the treatments that they require without delay. Patients should also be reassured by the measures put in place to improve hygiene and reduce risk of the spread of the virus.
Read the HAS article for further information.