Reader Rick sent me this video, which I’ve listened to in its entirety (57 minutes). It’s made by Dr. David Price, a critical pulmonary-care specialist at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City. Usually he deals with all kinds of respiratory ailments, but, as he says, now he’s dealing only with COVID-19 patients. Here Price offers advice, and it’s somewhat reassuring, as the precautions you need are not onerous but are IMPORTANT. Reader Rick added this information.
I found this encouraging.
Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist. He does a conference call describing his experience. It’s a long video, but quite valuable.
Bottom line: COVID-19 is becoming well understood. If you practice good hand cleanliness procedures and distancing, you have nothing to worry about.
- Hand to face is the critical path. Spray, rarely.
- Get into the habit of knowing where your hands are and be sure they are clean. (sanitizer)
- Wear a mask, not to protect you, but simply to avoid hand to face contact.
- You don’t need an N-95 mask. Anything will do. Give N-95 to your local hospital.
- Carry sanitizer with you when you go out.
- Be friendly and social, just stay 6′ away.
- Shrink your social circle. You don’t want to be in large groups.
- Go to the hospital only if you are short of breath. Headache, fever, muscle ache, cough – stay home.
- Course of the disease is 7 -14 days. Immunity then follows.
If you follow the simple rules, you will not get COVID-19. This should be liberating.
Again, I’m not a doctor and so you must make your own judgment about this doctor’s advice. The first 20 minutes of the video are recommendations for general behavior (i.e., wear a mask in public, but only to keep you from touching your face. Price doesn’t mention gloves). From 20-30 minutes in, Price discusses what you should do if you think your’e infected, or if you have a family member who is infected. From 30 minutes to the end, Price deals with general questions.