With 4 confirmed cases of the novel virus at present in Australia, measures are being taken to help stop the propagation of the virus.
In today’s episode of Dr Nora I talk to you about my battle of finding protective measures to protect myself and my patients.
It is thought that the virus may be transmitted through airborne droplets from sneezing or coughing and it is felt that the P2/N95 mask may offer some protection. As a health care practitioner seeing around 50 patients a day it is my utmost priority to look after my patients and ensure that they are safe. After work I rushed over to my local hardware store and enquired about the mask. Unfortunately, they and all of their other franchises had run out and the only ones left were darth-Vader-esq masks.
After much deliberation I got over the aesthetics and remembered the purpose and brought one. As I drove away I thought I would call local pharmacies to check their stocks. After calling 20 different pharmacies over a span of 60km I was met with the same response ‘sorry we’re out of stock’.
Rather fortunately I drove past the hospital and thought perhaps I could ask my colleagues there and explain the situation. After speaking with the staff in ED they kindly gave me a mask for myself and my staff.
WHAT IS WUHAN CORONAVIRUS?
Wuhan is a city in China where the virus originated from. It is not fully understood how the virus is transmitted but it is believe that it originated in a live seafood market and has so far affected over 1000 people in China with around 40 people dying. It is believed that this who have died from the virus have had underlying medical conditions.
Australia has received its first confirmed case this weekend and to date there are 4 cases in two states, NSW and QLD.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The virus causes symptoms pneumonia, including, fever, cough, shortness of breath and feeling unwell and tired. It is believed that there is an incubation period of around 14 days which means that someone may not know they have the virus immediately.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Those who have travelled to Wuhan or those who have close contacts with someone who has recently travelled or has a confirmed case.
HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF?
Usual hygiene measures are crucial such as regular hand washing. It has currently not been recommended for the general public to use a mask outside of the health care setting.
If you have a suspicion you may be affected as perhaps you’ve recently travelled from there or know a close contact. You should maintain isolation and seek medical help. It is imperative that before you go to a doctor or the ED you must call ahead so that protective measures may be taken. You will need to be in isolation to protect others around you and hence stop the propagation of this virus.
Tests can be performed to confirm the virus and treatment may be initiated. The virus is new and not much information has been released. Scientists are working on a vaccination though this can take time.
Together with your help we can stop the propagation of the virus.
This Australia Day don’t get struck down with food poisoning and follow some simple tips to help keep you and your belly happy.
Be sure to cook your meat thoroughly until it’s piping hot with clear juices. If you like your meat rare, cook the outside of the meat well so that any bacteria can be killed off. 🍗
One of the commonest reasons of food poisoning is cross contamination from raw meat to cooked meat. Store your raw meat separately from your cooked meat and use different utensils when dealing with either.
For those cold salads and dips don’t leave them in the sun for more than two hours.
If you do have symptoms of a tummy ache such as diarrhoea or vomiting drink plenty of water, rest up and see your local family doctor.
Wishing you all a happy Australia Day.🇦🇺 Take care and stay healthy 😘
Every day we wake up with an opportunity to reinvent ourselves for the better.
This year I’m separating my cosmetic work from my general practice health tips, giving you the best of both worlds. So if you’re interested in seeing more before and after pictures of cosmetic procedures be sure to follow @drnoracosmetics.
In this episode we take a listen to the heart during the ‘extreme’ stress of cosmetic injections.
As we get ready for injecting, our model’s sympathetic nervous system starts to kick into play, otherwise known as his 'fight or flight’. This causes a number of changes to the body due to the release of chemicals from the brain such as adrenaline and cortisol. This impacts his heart making it beat stronger and faster and increases his respiratory rate just to name a few changes. This is paralleled with listening to his heart in real time whilst the injections get going.
Once the procedure is complete, our model’s parasympathetic nervous system takes over, otherwise known as 'rest and digest’. Here, different chemicals are released from the brain to the body, causing the heart to slow down and return his bodily functions back to normal. We can clearly hear this as he celebrates the end of his treatment. Truly fascinating.
As you can see treatment time is fairly quick with initial inflammation post procedure expected to resolve after 10-15 minutes. Changes are expected to be seen around 3-5 days with optimal results at 2 weeks lasting 3-5 months in duration.