The COVID-19 pandemic was originally discovered in Wuhan, China, about two years ago. Since the deadly virus first appeared in December 2019, we’ve gone a long way.
The knowledge and expertise obtained throughout this time has undoubtedly aided in the improved management of the patients. The patient has the highest chance of recovering from COVID-19 if he or she receives treatment and diagnosis as soon as possible.
It is critical to carefully elicit the patient’s medical history. Important health cues could be missed otherwise, and the sickness could be misdiagnosed, which could be costly for the patient.
For the treatment of patients, knowing what should be done and what should not be done in a certain clinical circumstance is critical.
Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to diagnosing and treating COVID-19. A new form of the coronavirus pandemic has recently swept through many countries.
On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the virus Omicron and classified it as a variety of concern. Scientists and public health professionals have been waiting patiently for data and empirical evidence to better comprehend Omicron’s behavior.
Spread Facts, Not Fears
This scribe routinely attends WHO, WMA, and CMAAO webinars as a health professional. One of the webinars focused on coronavirus mental health preparedness. Tens of millions of people have been infected by the coronavirus in more than 200 nations.
In Nepal, the overall number of people sick is 8,25000, with about 98 percent of those infected being treated. Approximately 11,559 people have died as a result of the illness. Now, coronavirus is generating a syndrome called ‘coranxiety,’ which is anxiety caused by coronavirus all over the world.
It is common during epidemics for individuals to feel stressed and worried. The common symptoms and responses may include :
- Fear of falling ill and dying
- Avoiding or not approaching healthcare facilities due to fear of becoming infected during care
- Fear of losing livelihood
- Fear of not being able to work during isolation
- Fear of being dismissed from work if found positive
- Fear of being socially excluded
- Fear of being put into quarantine
- Fear of being separated from loved ones and caregivers due to quarantine
- Refusal to take care of unaccompanied or separated minors
- Refusal to take care of people with disabilities or elderly because of their high-risk nature
- Feeling of helplessness
- Feeling boredom
- Feeling of depression due to being isolated
- The stigmatisation of positive infection
- Possible anger and aggression against the government
- Unnecessary approaching the courts
- Possible mistrust of information provided by the government
- Relapse of mental illness in already mentally-ill patients
- Increased stress on people to cover the work of infected colleagues, quarantined for 14 days
- Insufficient or incomplete information
Formula For Control – Remember C
COVID-19, or coronavirus, begins with the letter C.
Containment is possible, and the transmission chain must be broken. China Pneumonia was the original name. People all throughout the world have abandoned handshakes due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Hands can spread viruses and other germs that cause disease, particularly respiratory diseases such as colds and flu. A handshake can spread the virus from one person to another, but this does not guarantee that both people are infected.
The main issue is that if the virus is carried on a person’s hand, it can readily contact the eyes or mouth, causing infection. Handshakes will be less harmful if people wash their hands frequently and sneeze into their elbows. That, however, is a rare occurrence.
The handshake is said to have originated around 5 B.C. as a gesture to show that you were unarmed and meant no harm to a stranger. The Singapore government recently announced a “no-contact” regulation to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading during business meetings.
The world’s best opportunity to talk about corona prevention in the form of “CORONA NAMASTE” may be the Namaste Trump greeting in India.
Waving, kneeling, clasping, your hands at chest height in the Chinese way, prayer-hands style of the Thai wai, elbow rub or contact, and fist bumps are examples of alternative greetings.
Three Cs: 1st Case, 1st Cluster and 1st Community spread whenever a new Case comes.
- Avoid COHORT of Contacts, Appraisal of essential items; Contact tracing is the most important step,
- Care for the elderly, they are at higher risk,
- Convince the patients to wear surgical masks,
- Cough, do not ignore it as it can be coronavirus or TB,
- Follow CDC and Nepal Government Public Health guidelines.
- Colour Coding: Red, Yellow and Green are Important For Risk, Area and Behaviours
- Stay connected with updates
- Critical cases: requiring mechanical ventilation, has a high mortality
- No CONTACT policy with social distancing
- Condom: No evidence that it protects
- Congenital: No evidence of congenital Covid-19
- Remaining CALM
- Communication is the key
- Cold-blooded animals are not the source
- Creating multiple coronavirus helplines
- Training for mental health counsellors
- Communicating only credible information based on facts and not fear or myths.
- Following public health measures and cover everybody with vaccination
- When mobile phones entered the world, they ended up giving rise to a society engrossed in social
- media and a term called ringxiety, a situation in which people used to have anxiety after missing the ringtones for some time. Similarly, Coronxiety has come up with coronavirus. It will go away once the pandemic subsides. But, please pay attention as long as COVID-19 stays with us.
(Central Treasurer of Nepal Medical Association, Dr. Budhathoky works at Curative Service Division, DOHS, Nepal)