This is an informative video that you may not have seen, and that gave me a sense of how to take fight back against the coronavirus. I made this written summary at the request of some of my family and thought it might be helpful to you.
The video is here, and is titled: Covid_19_Protecting_Your_Family_Dr_Dave_Price_3_22_2020
Dr Price is at a 1,200 bed hospital in NYC. They triage at several stages, Dr Price decides who gets ventilators and who comes off them. In a unique position to comment on this situation.
Why make this video?
Physicians are angry at people not taking this seriously but also they also want to empower people to learn about the facts of this disease. Three months into fight against it, his hospital is almost exclusively Covid 19, and they know alot and are learning every day. Don’t be scared – you can protect your family.
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19 is a virus, from common cold family, but new to humans. Looks like fever, cough, sore throat. Affects lungs mostly. 80% of people who get this will just “not feel good” with mild cough, headache. Most people in this group start to feel better after 5 to 7 to 14 days or so.
How to protect your family?
We get this disease through sustained contact with either a) someone who has disease (people with fever, aches), or b) someone who is about to become sick. Almost exclusively transmitted from hands to face (eyes, nose, mouth). May also be transmitted in air but that likely requires 30 minutes sustained contact with sick person. Know this: Covid-19 is in your community right now. Use these four rules to protect yourself:
- Become a fanatic about your hands – know where your hands are and keep them clean at all times. Use Purell. It is okay to touch things, just Purell it immediately.
- Work on psychological connections between hands and face. Stop touching your face. Be aware. Start wearing masks (or a bandanna) when you leave the house – it will help you to stop touching your face.
- You do not need a medical mask. (He only wears a N95 if he is in room with sick patients)
- Distance yourself when in public – six feet rule is good.
Don’t be scared of outside world. Don’t be scared of people. Use these facts to stay healthy.
Socially you must shrink your social circle. Find your little group and set firm boundaries. No others traipsing in and out. Okay to go to store using four rules above.
What do you do if you get this disease?
Most transmission throughout world is from one family member to another. If you develop fever but are otherwise fine, just isolate yourself. Stay in your room, use separate bathroom if possible. Inside the house the sick person wears the mask outside the bedroom. Wash hands after anything touched. Just minimize the sustained contact. Let them take their own temperature. Seven days in, most people will start to feel better.
If you think you have a cold, take the Covid-19 precautions, then if you feel better in two days, you will know you had a cold.
However – If you have vulnerable person in your home, be ultra cautious. The elderly and those in chemo.
When to go to hospital?
If you feel short of breath go to the hospital. Not just because you have a fever or aches. Not because you think you have Covid-19. Dr Price’s hospital sends most people home to finish course of disease. Of all the people who get COVID-19 about 10% need to go to the hospital because they have shortness of breath. Of that 10% perhaps two or 3% of those need to go on a ventilator. Majority come off ventilator in 7 to 9 days.
Answers to Questions:
- Kids under 14 are not getting critically ill. Not clear if they are transmitting it.
- Should I get tested? Depends on availability of tests in your area.
- Okay to go outside. Don’t get sloppy. Follow the rules.
- Use caution on things others have delivered to you. Don’t have to wash packages, etc if you follow the rules.
- How long to wait to contact your hospital or doctor if you get sick? Call, don’t go in, doctors using telemedicine. Only go to hospital if you are having trouble breathing.
- This disease affects everyone who is older than 15. NOT restricted to older adults or those with co-morbidities. Follow the rules.
- They are not using ibuprofen in hospital anymore. No Advil. Tylenol only.
- Social distancing will likely be continued, but don’t give into fear. You know the rules.