Solid Advice from a Doctor re: Coronavirus – if you contract it

***Before you read, I’m not a doctor & I’m just forwarding from a friend who I trust***

Note: the following is from a doctor he knows.  I’m simply sharing in case it helps anyone who has a situation that “might” need some of this detail to help.  The crisis we have is unprecedented.  Information can be inaccurate.  Please take any and all of this with a grain of a salt; at the same time, if it helps,  it helps.

I am an ER MD in New Orleans. Class of 98. Every one of my colleagues have now seen several hundred Covid 19 patients and this is what I think I know.

Clinical course is predictable.

  • 2-11 days after exposure (day 5 on average) flu like symptoms start. Common are fever, headache, dry cough, myalgias(back pain), nausea without vomiting, abdominal discomfort with some diarrhea, loss of smell, anorexia, fatigue.
  • Day 5 of symptoms- increased SOB, and bilateral viral pneumonia from direct viral damage to lung parenchyma.
  • Day 10- Cytokine storm leading to acute ARDS and multiorgan failure. You can literally watch it happen in a matter of hours. 81% mild symptoms, 14% severe symptoms requiring hospitalization, 5% critical.
  • Patient presentation is varied. Patients are coming in hypoxic (even 75%) without dyspnea. I have seen Covid patients present with encephalopathy, renal failure from dehydration, DKA. I have seen the bilateral interstitial pneumonia on the xray of the asymptomatic shoulder dislocation or on the CT’s of the (respiratory) asymptomatic polytrauma patient. Essentially if they are in my ER, they have it. Seen three positive flu swabs in 2 weeks and all three had Covid 19 as well. Somehow this ***** has told all other disease processes to get out of town.
  • China reported 15% cardiac involvement. I have seen covid 19 patients present with myocarditis, pericarditis, new onset CHF and new onset atrial fibrillation. I still order a troponin, but no cardiologist will treat no matter what the number in a suspected Covid 19 patient. Even our non covid 19 STEMIs at all of our facilities are getting TPA in the ED and rescue PCI at 60 minutes only if TPA fails.

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Hacks to stay sane during the Coronavirus Epidemic (aka CoronApocalypse)

OK, some of you are going “stir crazy.”  I am.  That’s why I’m literally running every day around my neighborhood when normally, I wouldn’t be able to do 2-3 jogs a week.  I had to recently stop myself by taking a break so I don’t cough as bad as I have been lately — people probably think I have the virus! 🙂

So, I have 5 Coronavirus Tips for Staying Sane*

* 1 bonus one you’ll want to check out at the end!!

Watch amazing late night hosts & entertainers who are also going stir crazy

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The Corona Virus Killers: South Korea

TLDR:

  • Korea used to be one of “the top countries infected with covid-19 cases” in the initial months of this pandemic
  • They IMMEDIATELY responded in extreme ways that controlled the virus like no other country which “flattened” the curve better than any other (many articles point to their success down below in the header “Articles highlighting Korea’s Pandemic Fighting Success“)

If you’ve been paying attention to the numbers for the recent pandemic, Korea, Italy and Iran (had in Korea’s case) had some of the worst statistics for Covid-19 after the initial outbreak started in China.  Unfortunately for Italy and even Iran, the cases still mark them as two of the worst hit countries from this virus to this day.  However, Korea has steadily fallen to the lower ranks for both cases and deaths and even better, deaths per million population.

Before you see the numbers in each country, check out what it costs to take care of one person in Korea for 19 days of hospital stay and to get them back to “healthy”:

Receipt of a recent recovered patient from Covid 19 in Korea

This would easily cost between $20-50,000 USD or more for that length of stay in the hospital & all the treatment in the United States.  Guess how much the patient paid?  Answer below. Continue reading “The Corona Virus Killers: South Korea”