Dr Krishnaveni Sharath
MBBS, MD, Anatomy
Symptoms Novel coronavirus disease is flu like disease caused by a new strain of virus called as COVID-19. This was first reported in Wuhan province of China and now has spread to 199 countries and WHO has announced it as a pandemic.
Why follow social distancing
Mortality is low i.e. death rate is only 2%, but infectivity is very high. One person can infect more than 25 persons if he goes out. This is the reason for social distancing and home isolation.
Treatment for coronavirus
For asymptomatic patients or travelers from affected countries, isolation for 14 days with self-monitoring twice a day
For mild positive cases, there are antivirals being given along with paracetamol to reduce the temperature; antibacterial like azithromycin are also being used
For severe cases with severe respiratory distress, oxygen support using ventilators will be necessary
High risk patients susceptible to go into severe respiratory distress
Patients above 60 years
Those who are on hypertensive drugs