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Heart Failure Patients Won't Hug Their Children Due To COVID-19 Fears

Heart failure patients have stopped hugging their children when they return home from school because...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:09 PM - 18 Mar 2021



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

Heart Failure Patients Won't Hug Their Children Due To COVID-19 Fears

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

6:09 PM - 18 Mar 2021

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Heart failure patients have stopped hugging their children when they return home from school because they are terrified of contracting COVID-19, it has emerged.

Some have told the Irish Heart Foundation they also instruct their children to change out of their uniforms before entering the family home.

Studies show more than half of heart failure patients hospitalised with COVID-19 are being killed by the virus, and the IHF is now calling for an "urgent review" of the vaccine priority list to include such patients.

Angie Brown, medical director with the Irish Heart Foundation, and Pauline O'Shea, who was diagnosed with heart failure at age 38, joined us on The Last Word to talk about this.

Heart Failure Patients Won't Hug Their Children Due To COVID-19 Fears

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