Corona Covid-19 Facts for You

Drive Thru Testing. We need to be doing this everywhere in mass numbers

Are you getting overwhelmed with Corona Covid-19 Virus 24/7 on the news, internet, social media and with friends? Its coming fast and furious now with more information than anyone can process.  With school and restaurant closures, no sport events and many cities sheltering at home, the anxiety levels are sky high.

Well, I'm here to add more by answering questions that I have been asked about the Pandemic.  Today is 3/19/2020 and this information is valid as of today.

Q: Why is everyone so worried with only 11,275 cases in the US and 80% of people showing only mild illness?

A:  Because it is a new human virus, nobody has protection or antibody to it.  Our bodies do not have a template to defend against the virus.  We have no cure and no vaccine developed to protect people. We have not been adequately testing people and we don't know the actual number of infections. The precautions are meant to slow the virus spread so our health services will not be overwhelmed with patients.  The confirmed cases just doubled within 2 days in the U.S.  In any biologic system, if you put a living organism into an environment where it can thrive, with unlimited resources and no competitors, it will always grow exponentially.  (Definition of exponential growth: growth whose rate becomes ever more rapid in proportion to the growing total number or size).  These precautions are SERIOUS and are meant to slow the growth and protect people.

Q: I have a sore throat and cough.  Why can't I get tested?

A: We have limited test kits, the results turn-around time is between 4-7 days, there is a shortage of swabs, reagents and personal protective gear (PPE) for health workers, and the only testing being done is for exposed symptomatic health care workers, seriously ill patients, patients that meet the CDC protocol and have a doctor's referral, and wealthy professional ball players and congressmen.

Our lack of testing is a serious flaw and will harm our ability to control the outbreak.

Q: How is Covid different from SARs (also a Corona Virus)

A: The maximum concentration of the virus is called the Peak Viral Load.  That is when the person is most infectious.  In SARs, the worst symptoms and the Peak Viral Load occur at the same time.  In Covid-19 the peak viral load occurs days before any symptoms show up.  This makes it much more contagious. Scientists are currently working on other differences to help us with management.

Q: Why should I wash my hands and wipe down surfaces with bleach?

A: Both SARs and Covid-19 viruses behave the same on solid surfaces. The investigators found that Covid is detectable in aerosols for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel. (After going to the market, wash your hands thoroughly, wash your reusable grocery bag, wash your fruit and vegetables )

Q: How does the Covid-19 virus kill?

A: It causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) by creating inflammation and fluid that blocks the alveoli of the lungs from exchanging oxygen in the cells.  We support patients with ventilators and intubation while they recover from the virus.  Patients with underlying lung disease and smokers are at much more risk of serious illness and death.

Q: Does Ibuprofen put you at greater risk for becoming sicker with Covid -19?

A: There is no evidence that Ibuprofen worsens the effect of Covid-19.  Tylenol is probably a better choice for reducing fever and is safer for kidneys overall but there is no danger from using Ibuprofen if you are taking it.

That's enough for today.  Comment if you have any other questions about Corona Covid-19 Virus.

Comments

Unknown said…
Toni, Thank you for this information. As a dental hygienist, I felt completely uncomfortable returning to work after all the precautions were in effect. I cancelled all my patients on the day I was scheduled to work. In the interim, I have been following all the info I can on a daily basis. Both the California Dental Association and others have said non-essential procedures should be postponed........and, to date, I have no knowledge of an emergency tooth cleaning being necessary! It's a difficult thing to get your arms around if you are the dentist and worried about loss of income and, even if you are a dental hygienist whose sole incomes from practicing. I have been reluctant to go back to work unless there is all the proper PPE in place for me - not only to protect me, but, the patients also. I have been lobbying verbally in conversations with friends and family for a way for health care workers to be tested before going into intimate contact with patients. Your post clarified that reason - although I am a health care provider, I am asymptomatic and, as you know, at 73 and with a previous CAD situation, I could be considered somewhat at risk, so, for now I am not going back to work. I guess I should be grateful that I cannot qualify for testing! Your information is so helpful, please keep it coming!

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