Truth About The Coronavirus

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There is way too much
hype and misinformation surrounding this novel coronavirus, and I wanna talk about it on
this week’s Wednesday Check. (soft upbeat music) Let me start off by thanking
each and everyone of you who sent me an email or message convincing me to make this video. I didn’t need any convincing. I just didn’t wanna
make this video too soon because I didn’t have enough information to give you practical useful guides. Even now there’s still
a lot that we don’t know but I’m gonna be talking about
that throughout this video. Let’s start off with
that term coronavirus. There are many different types of coronaviruses, different strains. In fact the common cold that you and I get can be caused by a coronavirus. Now what’s going on in Wuhan, China is a novel coronavirus. It’s not the one that
causes the common cold. What makes it novel? Well, that’s because it’s spread from an animal carrier to a human. The current thought is that it either came from a bat or a snake. And this can only happen
if humans are in direct close proximity with those animals. First you have this animal that’s infected with
this novel coronavirus. It mutates, then enters a human cell, starts replicating within the human body, thereby infecting that individual causing them to have symptoms. What are the symptoms of
this novel coronavirus? The most common, fever, next is cough, next is
shortness of breath. Just like the common cold or the flu, this virus spreads in the same way, through airborne particles,
surface particles, or even close contact with other humans who are also infected. I want you to know that
all the information I’m about to present to you here comes directly from the CDC or the WHO or the Department of Health. Usually they all work
in coordination together but these are your main
sources of information. Please don’t think that if
you read someone’s tweet and it has been retweeted a lot, it’s an accurate source of information. It is not. Look for reputable organizations to get your information from. Also I’d like for you to keep in mind, all the statistics and all the information I’m giving you make sense right now. They’re up-to-date to this given moment but all those things can change. Tomorrow there’s gonna be
more individuals affected than they are today. We may learn something about the virus that we didn’t know today in a week. So please keep in mind that this video is being filmed on January 28th 2020. I want you to keep this
phrase in your head, alert but not anxious. This Wuhan virus or novel coronavirus is really a potential threat to us here in the United States and is not a crisis yet by any means. So again, alert, not anxious. So let’s talk about some of
the stats that we know now.

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Currently there’s about
4,500 individuals infected with the novel coronavirus
throughout the world with just over 100 deaths. The majority of these, the huge majority of these are in China. In the US we have five total
confirmed cases, zero deaths. Internationally there are about 30 cases. Again these numbers are
gonna change quite rapidly. This is just to give you a feeling for what’s going on in
this moment right now. Now you may be wondering to yourself, is this a dangerous virus? Well, the answer is it depends. It can become severe in about 20% of cases leading to pneumonia or acute
respiratory distress syndrome leading to ventilation or even
death in some circumstances. For those of you who are living in the US, this is certainly a potential threat we should be on the lookout for. With all the international travel that goes on in the world today, it’s very easy to spread a virus from one country to another. That being said, with only five cases here in the US with zero deaths thus far, this is not a crisis and
not a reason to panic. There’s been many headlines in media that are trying to
scare you into panicking ’cause it urges you to click, and when you click, they earn money. Do not fall for this. Look for reputable
sources like CDC or WHO. I’m gonna keep stating
that over and over again. There’s still a lot of information we don’t know about
this novel coronavirus, how long it takes to spread, what is the true incubation period, meaning that you have the virus but you don’t show any symptoms yet. Right now we’re thinking
it’s a week to two weeks but we’re still figuring that out. And then finally can you spread the virus during that asymptomatic period which would be really dangerous because you can have
individuals who are not sick actually transmitting the
virus across the world. In fact when we had a
similar outbreak like this in the early 2000s with SARS, the reason we were able to contain it was that we were screening people to see who had a fever, who was
sick with this virus, and we’re able to contain and
isolate those individuals. But if this virus can be
transmitted even when we’re healthy or at least seemingly healthy, that can be quite dangerous. We don’t know the answer
to that question yet. When it comes to treatment
for the coronavirus, I’m sad to say there is no treatment. It doesn’t mean we can’t do anything, we can still give supportive care. That means if you’re dehydrated, we can give you IV fluids. That means if you have a very high fever, we can give you antipyretics. If you can’t breathe on your own, we can put you on a ventilator. So there are certain
things we can help you in a supportive manner but there’s no direct treatment. Because for example if you
had a bacterial infection, we can give you an antibiotic,
that’s a direct treatment. There are some companies that
are working on treatments for this and are hoping
to make progress very soon but it’s not gonna be done
in the next few weeks. Also the NIH did announce that
they’re working very quickly, very quickly on a vaccine for this. They’re hoping to develop this within the next few months to have it ready for us in case this truly becomes
a worldwide pandemic. Let’s talk about what
to do if you’re worried that you may have this novel coronavirus. First of all, you would have to have been exposed to someone in China, like you had to be in the Wuhan area, or have been in contact
with someone from that area within the last two weeks. Otherwise it’s highly, highly unlikely that you have this virus. But let’s say you are still worried, what’s the first thing you should do? Call your healthcare provider before going to get care, why? So they can prepare the waiting area so that they can isolate
it as best as possible, take you to the proper
protocols to make sure that those who are susceptible
are out of harm’s way because you don’t wanna get people sick if you truly do have this virus.

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Next, they’ll ask you
a series of questions to see if you meet the
criteria for further testing. If you do, they’ll send out a sample to the CDC headquarters
in Atlanta, Georgia. That test takes about 24
to 48 hours to complete. It’s called the PCR test. During that time you’ll stay in an isolation
area in the hospital which is usually a negative pressure room to prevent the virus
particles from escaping. Again, whether you have
the novel coronavirus, the flu, or any other virus, the treatment remains supportive care. We’re gonna do everything in our power to make sure that your
body’s immune system can fight off whatever virus is affecting you in a given moment. In fact what we’re doing
with all our patients in the hospitals and primary care offices is when someone comes in with symptoms that mimic the novel coronavirus, we do ask a thorough travel history, if they’ve been to China, do they have any friends or family staying with them that came from China. These are important questions
that we need to ask. In fact this screening protocol has actually increased in the
United States to 20 airports. Here are some practical
advise to keep you safe from this novel coronavirus
as in any other infections that are out there in a given moment. It is flu season after all and the flu virus is also very dangerous. Number one, stay alert but not anxious. I’ve said it before, I’m saying it again ’cause I do not want you to panic. Panic yields false alarms
and that yields bad outcomes. We don’t want that in this case. Two, do not travel to
China or the Wuhan area unless it’s absolutely,
absolutely mandatory. Three, if you were in China
within the last two weeks and you’re experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your healthcare
provider as soon as possible. Four, make sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. That means 20 seconds with soap and water. If that’s not available, you can use an alcohol-based
hand sanitizer of course. Five, do your best in avoiding touching your mucus membranes. That includes your eyes,
nose, and your mouth. These bad boys right here
are the most common areas for infected particles, and then when you put them
on your mucus membranes, that’s how they get in your body. Six, if you’re gonna cough or sneeze, do it into a tissue and
then throw that tissue out. Seven, clean high traffic areas. If you’re gonna be using
a public workspace, wipe it down first. It’s a simple rule of thumb that I like to recommend
to all of my patients. Eight, do your best to avoid contact with those who are sick. If you see someone coughing or sneezing, do your best to keep at least
six feet in between you. That’s generally how far sneeze and cough particles can travel. Nine, if you’re sick, please stay home. It doesn’t matter if you have
the flu or the common cold, by staying home, you’re decreasing
the spread of that virus, you’re decreasing viral load, you’re making the community
safer by staying home. I know we all wanna be more
productive and get to work, but you’re not gonna do great
work when you’re already sick. A lot of folks have
been asking me questions about wearing surgical masks in public, whether or not that’s beneficial. There can be some benefit there but there could also be some harm because when you’re taking the mask off, if you get some of the
germs on your hands, then you shake hands with somebody, now you’re spreading that virus further. So there’s kind of pros and
cons in both directions. The CDC is not making this
general recommendation that everyone in a public
place should wear this mask. And I think we should
stick to that advise. If we don’t need to wear them, don’t, because the masks that we wear in the healthcare
environment are N95 masks. These are fit-tested masks. They have a very specific
method of working. And the regular surgical masks that you see people using, the disposable ones, those don’t offer a huge
amount of protection. Just remember because this
is a developing situation, details are gonna change.

Source: CDC

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