How to take precautions against corona virus by Dr Rajiv Dahiya

The novel coronavirus was first designated on February 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO) after an outbreak in Wuhan China.
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The novel coronavirus was first designated on February 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO) after an outbreak in Wuhan China. It was named the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the specific virus is known as the SARS-CoV-2. Other viruses within the coronavirus family include the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), both of which have caused major infections in many countries throughout the world.

The COVID-19 coronavirus began to spread quickly throughout Wuhan and other regions within China and beyond. The vast majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience a mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without significant supportive care. However, a trend has been seen with a more virulent path amongst the elderly and those with underlying medical problems. In this group the virus was far more likely to cause respiratory compromise which can include respiratory failure and even death.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus and how the disease spreads. The virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. According to the New England Journal of Medicine there there is evidence that the virus is detectable in the air for up to 3 hours and can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard and up to 4 hours on copper.

By the time of this writing the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will report almost 400,000 cases globally and over 17,000 deaths related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. There are a number of fast-tracked clinical trials in progress seeking to bring forth treatments as fast as possible including vaccine trials, multidrug therapy with Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine (antimalarials) plus Azithromycin (antibiotic), immunoglobulins and other agents. This global quest to find treatments is occurring at an unprecedented pace.

However, you can still protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands and not touching your face. And by practicing safe social distancing and respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing. And most importantly, if you have a low grade fever or flu like symptoms, stay home for 14 days. Seek medical attention with high fevers or shortness of breath. By implementing these simple measures together we can help to get rid of this pandemic.

Dr. Rajiv S. Dahiya, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Santé Nou Health

12000 Biscayne Blvd Suite 106

Miami, FL 33181

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