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Stroke & COVID-19

Studies have linked COVID-19 patients to strokes. 
The most important thing to do if you think someone is having a stroke is
act F. A.S.T. 

Use the letters in "F.A.S.T." to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.


Face Drooping


Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven or lopsided?

Arm Weakness


Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?



Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.

Time to Call 9-1-1


If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.


Additional Symptoms of Stroke

If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services immediately.


Sudden Numbness

Sudden NUMBNESS or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

Sudden Confusion

Sudden CONFUSION, trouble speaking or understanding speech

Sudden Trouble Seeing

Sudden TROUBLE SEEING in one or both eyes

Sudden Trouble Walking

Sudden TROUBLE WALKING, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Sudden Severe Headache

Sudden SEVERE HEADACHE with no known cause