Meningitis Research Foundation has over 30 years of experience working with people affected by infectious diseases. While the coronavirus (COVID-19) is very different to the viruses and bacteria that can lead to meningitis, some of the worries, concerns and outcomes people are facing are similar.
When there are cases or outbreaks of meningitis, we support people by answering their questions, helping them with health anxiety, and signposting to services when someone is unwell. We support people who have lost a loved one, provide evidence-based information to combat misinformation and help people feel less isolated.
While our resources are written with meningitis in mind, many of them may be helpful for anyone dealing with COVID-19.
Useful blogs we have written:
Advice on what to do if a child is unwell:
If you are worried about COVID-19 symptoms you should visit the NHS pages
in the UK for advice on what to do (or WHO has very useful information
which is applicable outside of the UK).
However, you may have a child who is sick for other reasons and want to know ether you should visit a doctor or hospital. There have been reports of people with very sick children delaying getting medical help because they are worried about getting COVID-19 or overburdening health workers. It can be dangerous to delay seeking help for those who are seriously ill. It is vitally important to seek medical help for a child who is seriously ill.
Our safety netting resource hub helps you identify when to take urgent action when a child is ill: https://www.meningitis.org/meningitis/safety-netting-resources-hub
Coping with bereavement:
When someone you love dies suddenly, it is devastating. Nothing can prepare you for the emotions that follow and the world can seem a cruel and uncaring place.
Everyone grieves in their own way, but grieving, however we do it, is a necessary process.
This page explains some of the things bereaved people may experience and some things that people have found helpful: https://www.meningitis.org/get-support/bereavement