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Covid 19 Protecting Your Family - Dr David Price 3/22/20

 

30 March 2020 / 12:30 PM  

Rising concerns and questions become increasingly difficult to answer as the covid pandemic spreads through the world. See what Doctor David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center has to share with us about the virus.  The videos below provide essential details regarding the virus and how to protect yourself and your family. 

 

Fox News Summary

https://www.foxnews.com/media/doctor-david-price-coronavirus

 

Full Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YitWZj9QhdQ

https://vimeo.com/399733860

Safety Tips from the interview:

  1. Keep your hands clean by washing them often throughout the day

  2. Stop touching your face

  3. Sneeze or cough into your elbow

  4. Carry hand sanitizer with you

  5. Shrink your social circle & if outside stay 6 feet from others

 

Summary of Points covered in full interview (See parenthesis for specific time in video where the point is discussed further by the doctor)

What is Covid 19 (4:53)

Is a virus like a common cold, characterized by fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and shortness of breath. The virus can affect your whole body however your lungs are the most susceptible which is the reason shortness of breath is the most alarming symptom. 

How to Protect Your Family (6:45)

Staying away from sustained contact with people who show symptoms, who have been infected by the disease or who are to get the disease. The virus is mostly spread from your hand touching your face. 

Practical Tips On How To Protect Yourself & Family (8:55)
  1. Know where your hands are and sanitize them after touching surfaces

  2. Train yourself to stop touching your face 

  3. You don’t need a medical mask, A common surgical or homemade mask can be worn, mainly to help you to stop touching your face. 

  4. Distance yourself

Shrink your social circle (16:10)

Keeping yourself within a limited group of necessary people (4-5) can help prevent spread of the disease and reduce your chances of becoming infected. 

What To Do If You or Someone in Your Home Is Sick or Potentially Infected With Covid 19 (21:00)

If able, isolated the sick individual to their own bedroom and bathroom. These ones should also wear a medical mask. If an individual does need to enter into a common area of the household they should follow these steps...

  1. Wash their hands

  2. They (the infected person) should put a mask on

  3. Eat meal or whatever necessary task

  4. They wash their hands and wash areas they touched

If the individual has recovered and has been isolated for 7 days and they are feeling better, they can start to resume normal activities. They are still advised to wear a mask and keep washing their hands frequently as they fully recover.  

What To Do If You Have A Common Cold (23:43)

You should take the precaution that you have been infected with covid 19 and isolate yourself for a day or two. If you start to feel better and are not showing symptoms of covid 19 you can continue to rest as you normally would with a common cold.

When To Go To The Hospital (25:50)

Shortness of breath is the most alarming symptom. Even if you have a mild fever or other symptoms you can rest at home. Of course if you are experiencing severe symptoms that would always require professional medical care seek out the care you need. 

Should I Get Tested? (28:00)

This would be dependent on the availability of testing in your community. If you are not experiencing symptoms and there is a limited amount of testing available you may want to save the test for those who need them more. 

Common Questions:

How does the virus affect infants and newborns? (29:31)

Please refer to the comments in the video

Is the virus transmitted Airborne or Droplets? (31:14)

The vast majority of transmission is from hand to face contact and contact with infected surfaces. However airborne exposure is possible 

 

Is it safe to go on a walk or run? (34:25)

Yes, even in cities. You need to follow the distance and hand hygiene rules. 

Is a long car ride safe? (37:15)

Yes, as long as no one in the car is infected or has symptoms.

Is it necessary to disinfect groceries? (37:40)

Not necessary however for receiving items such as take out it would be good to have the food left at the door by the delivery person and you can take the food out of the bag and discard the bag. 

Is it irresponsible to go to Starbucks Drive thru? (38:45)

Of course it would be better to make coffee at home, however if you do go for a drive-thur as long as the establishment and yourself follows the distanting rules and hand hygiene you should be safe. 

Should I wash my clothes immediately when I return home? (39:40)

For those in the medical field or health care workers it may be a good idea, however for the general public it is not necessary. 

 

How long should I wait to go to Doctor or Hospital? (40:15)

Don’t go to the doctors or hospital for concerns about covid19 unless you are experiencing shortness of breath. 

 

Is there any clarity on the incubation period? (41:15)

This can range from 1-2 days (for healthcare workers or those directly exposed) to up to 14 days or more for those who may have had mild exposure. If you’ve avoided sustained contact with potentially sick individuals and do not feel sick within 14 days, you probably have not been infected. 

 

Should I take ibuprofen? (44:20)

It is better to take tylenol or an acetaminophen 

 

What is it like treating patients? (45:00)

Please see video for comments

 

Are hospitals accepting homemade mask? (46:59)

Homemade masks are good for personal use, especially to help you train yourself to not touch your face. Also by using your own homemade mask at home or by not hoarding them you will free up Medical Mask for those who are in more of a need, such as a medical worker. 

 

How long until we see a new normal? (48:00)

The distansting rules may be in effect for several months or even a year. So far the trend has been to flatten the curve, relieve overwhelmed hospitals, population lossens up on distansting rules, second or third waves of infections spike, and then things start to normalize. 

 

If you are unaware you have the virus can you infect other people? (49:50)

Yes, if you develop symptoms and where otherwise fine before it would be good to let those who you’ve come in contact with in the last 2-3 days to be aware so they can take proper measures to protect themselves and the rest of the population. 

 

Are people becoming immune after recovery? (51:20)

Yes.

 

For healthcare workers treating expecting mothers, is screening and hand hygiene enough? (53:05)

Yes

 

Is the disease more severe for pregnant women? (54:10)

The data says no, and that pregnant women are behaving symptomatically the same as other people