Coronavirus aka COVID-19 is spreading across the globe.
At the time of uploading this video, there are 20,670 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection, with a vast majority of them in China.
Of those 20,670 cases, there are about 460 pneumonia cases and 427 total deaths.
Also in this Coronavirus Outbreak USA video, I forgot to relay my thoughts on surgical masks. In order to prevent inhaling the coronavirus, you need a special N95 respirator mask, not a surgical mask. With that said, surgical masks do have some value, because they at least prevent you from touching your nose and mouth area.
Normally when someone has a cold, it’s either gonna be due to the Rhinovirus or the Coronavirus.
Almost all the time, it’s gonna be due to one of these two viruses. But there is a new variant of this coronavirus. That has the potential to cause pneumonia as well as acute respiratory distress syndrome, even death in some cases.
On January 28th of this year, the World Health Organization declares a public health emergency based on the spread of this Coronavirus. And based on what they feel is that some of the countries don’t have the capabilities to handle this outbreak.
At the time of this recording, there are now eleven confirmed cases in the United States, also the CDC has confirmed human-to-human transmission in the United States not just in China.
The good news is that the overall mortality rate is less than 3% or so. This is actually much better than another respiratory viral illness called influenza, which you may have heard. This Coronavirus actually has a lower mortality rate than influenza. But still, we are not confirmed, because of the test ratio and we are just on the starting situation and this mortality rate could vary on the country to country.
The big deal about this COVID-19 is –
~ It’s very contagious
~ We don’t know much about it because it’s so new
~ There is no vaccine for it.
~ There is no specific treatment
~ And we think the incubation period is around 7 to 14 days, so 14 days is playing on the safe side.
But there was an epidemiological study that showed on average, the incubation period is actually closer to 7 days. Because it’s so new we still don’t know the actual official incubation time.
When it comes to preventing the coronavirus, they’re gonna do the same thing that you go as far as preventing the flu. The only difference is that with the flu there’s a vaccine, but for this, there’s no vaccine.
Personally, you have to concern too, like washing your hands frequently, disinfecting services that you come into contact frequently, and also avoiding people who have a respiratory infection.
I did make a couple of videos on how to getting the flu which I go into more detail on that so definitely check out that one —
- Understanding Influenza Viruses – The Influenza ( FLU )
- How to Prevent the Flu (Influenza)
- How to Treat the Flu (Influenza)
At my hospital, we did have a suspected case of this novel coronavirus. It was a young woman from Wuhan China who flew in and I’ll tell you more about that in the next video.
Dr. Mike Hansen, MD
Internal Medicine | Pulmonary Disease | Critical Care Medicine
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