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Posts tagged “novel coronavirus”

How Effective are DIY Cloth Face Masks? | Doctor Explains COVID-19 Protection

Should we still be wearing masks amidst the Covid-19 outbreak and how effective home-made masks? In this episode we dig into the studies and discuss the current guidelines on wearing masks.

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Protect Yourself With A Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

How Medical Centres Protect You: https://youtu.be/VGmEL0FvH9U

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

REFERENCES

Face Mask Efficacy and Avian Flu Protection:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jmv.25805

Respiratory Diseases in Saudi Women: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11515979

CDC Cloth Face Mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Patient Experiences with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and How to Test | Doctor Explains 😷

In this episode hear case studies from Italy, Germany, France, China and Australia, explaining how they handled the disease, the tests and life in their countries.

COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) originated in China, Hubei Province and has spread to most countries across the world.

The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

Many countries have gone into ‘lockdown’ strongly advising citizens to stay home unless essential, such as shopping for groceries or seeing the doctor.

It is imperative that if you yourself think you have symptoms of Coronavirus that you call ahead to a local testing centre or doctor so that they can be ready to receive you if required.

Together, as a world, we can combat this virus.

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

How Medical Centres Protect You: https://youtu.be/VGmEL0FvH9U

How to Wear a Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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How Medical Centers Protect You from Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Doctor Explains

Join me as I take you behind the scenes at our medical centre in the Gold Coast (dubbed a Coronavirus Hotspot by the news) to see how we clean the practice, triage patients and prepare for our day in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak.

Outside of the door we have clear signs advising patients who think they may have Coronavirus or have symptoms of the virus to stop and call us for advice. We have posters and information of the local testing centres clearly displayed as we are not geared up to have in-house testing.

We start the day by disinfecting common areas with medicinal grade detergent, including the reception desk, doctors office, appliances and any waiting room surfaces. We ensure that patients are seated well away from one another to avoid any spread of infection in a closed space.

Patients call in for appointments and will be triaged by reception or a nurse to ensure that they are not putting other sick patients at risk. It is easy to forget that medical centres need to remain open to cater for those who may be suffering from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung problems or cancer. It is of utmost importance to ensure that such patients are not subjected to any potential Coronavirus sufferers in the waiting room. All patients are required to use hand sanitiser and are offered masks if warranted.

Patients who are deemed unable to attend the practice are offered telehealth consultations in lieu of a face-to-face consult.

For added safety, front line staff such as receptionists and doctors use N95 masks and other protective gear during their working day to minimise any potential exposure. These are then disposed of and areas are disinfected again.

So far, to date we have not had any Coronavirus patients or suspected patients. This could only be possible with a team effort from the staff and from you as patients. We request that you call in to book an appointment so we can assess the nature of your visit.

As a medical doctor, I urge you to help flatten the curve, be sure to follow strict social distancing of 1.5m, practice regular thorough hand washing, self-isolate and avoid large crowds. Together, as a world, we can combat Coronavirus.

Join me next time where I take you through some patient experiences of Coronavirus.

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Wear a Mask: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Coronavirus Q&A: https://youtu.be/hCucUd5KeJo

Working in Chinatown: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Finding a P2 Mask Vlog: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Doctor Answers Your Coronavirus Questions | COVID-19 Protection Q&A

Recent guidelines from the World Health Organisation have suggested that we should all carry out strict hand hygiene. This means washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly for at least 30 seconds. Hard surfaces such as door handles, shopping baskets and even mobile phone screens harbour bacteria and viruses which can easily spread from one person to another propagating the virus.

Secondly, it has been suggested that we maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from anyone close by that could be coughing or sneezing. This is because when we sneeze, air droplets travel at a speed of around 100mph.

Thirdly, the WHO, NIOSH, FDA and CDC have all suggested that N95/P2 masks should be worn by those who are directly treating or managing suspected or confirmed coronavirus cases or if you yourself has symptoms of coronavirus.

Due to the worldwide shortage of masks, the CDC have recommended that the N95 masks can be used for up to 8 hours as long as they are not soiled, damp or wet as this can reduce the efficacy of the mask.

One of the commonest questions I am asked is whether these masks are reusable. These particular masks are disposable and after being worn they should be disposed in a closed bin and hands should be washed thoroughly. Similarly, it is not possible to wash the masks as they will loose their integrity.

If you are unable to get your hands on a mask and are concerned, then the CDC does recommend other masks such as; N99, N100, P95, P99, P100, R95 and R99. These are at least or more effective than the N95.

There are other larger and bulkier masks that are reusable, but do require disinfecting after use. They too come with filters varying from 95-99%. Such masks include - Elastometric Halt Face respirator and Powered Air Purifying Respirator (full face).

President Of America, Donald Trump recently had a meeting with the major pharmaceutical companies of the world and they have advised that they are currently working on a vaccine which will undergo human tests in April with a roll out of a vaccine by the end of the year.

The most important take away point from this video is to practice good habits with regular thorough hand hygiene. With this, we can stop the propagation of this virus.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

How to Protect Yourself with Facial Masks: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Novel Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Diagnosing Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/e1F0EyiR7eQ

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy.

Dr Nora

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The TRUTH About Diagnosing Coronavirus Patients in China Town | Doctor Explains

Working as a general practitioner in Chinatown and Surfers Paradise, a major tourism hub, my first instinct when the news broke of the virus was to ensure that I was keeping myself and patients protected. Hunting down an elusive P2/N95 mask was a struggle but I eventually managed to source some for myself and staff.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS

Amazon: https://vtudio.com/a/?a=p2+mask

Bunnings: http://bit.ly/bunningsp2

eBay: https://vtudio.com/a/?e=p2+mask

Officeworks: http://bit.ly/officeworksp2

COMPANION VIDEOS

P2, N95 and Surgical Masks Explained: https://youtu.be/ftm6aKaf0IM

Novel Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Cervical Screening: https://youtu.be/c26OVcHPr4o

In clinic, my staff have done a great job at screening patients prior to booking appointments and thanks to the Australian media, patients travelling from China are very well versed in the precautions that they should take. This is unlike what has occurred in London, where a lady with Coronavirus presented herself to the emergency department without letting the teams know in advance.

Here in Australia, I have seen some patients from Hong Kong and whilst there was some anxiety around their recent travel, they were most respectful and reported that they had no symptoms but instead had presented for a minor ailment. Many of the local Chinese community living in the area have themselves been concerned about going into Chinatown so not to propagate the virus and have even been wearing masks despite not having symptoms. There has very much been a strong community movement in containing the virus.

One common consultation that I do have unfortunately, is that of anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus. All too often I am presented with patients who are suffering severe anxiety, taking the form of work avoidance, staying at home and even avoiding using the lift in their high rise apartments so instead using the stairs. This is heartbreaking for a general practitioner and such patients are offered psychological support to address the root of their anxieties. If this sounds familiar to you, please know that there is help out there and I would encourage you to speak with your doctor about this.

Other patients have presented using multiple face masks in the hope of getting extra protection. There has been no recommendation for this, as long as your mask is fitted well, one should suffice. These patients are at risk of getting quite severe mask fatigue as the masks can be quite thick and difficult to breath leading to dehydration and headaches.

In other consultations, some patients are turning up requesting to be tested for the virus as they may have passed someone close by coughing or sneezing. Such patients have usually attended the emergency department and have been referred back to their GP as they do not fulfil the criteria for testing.

It is important to know that not all general practitioners have the ability to test for the virus, so if you are suspicious you may have it, it is imperative to call in advance to check and also so that staff can be ready to isolate you from other patients. This is also true if you are presenting to the emergency department.

As a practice, we ensure that at the end of the day we wipe down all surfaces with bleach as we know this destroys the virus and our equipment is cleansed after use with each patient.

On a lighter note, one great benefit of wearing the mask is protection against the common cold. Very often I get patients who present with a cough or runny nose and will cough on demand to ‘prove’ a point. As general practitioners we are well trained in detecting such ailments so please refrain from coughing on us as it could mean we pass those bugs to others or take them home.

On the other side of the spectrum, I have some patients who are completely oblivious to the situation. Some of which ask me ‘Doc, why are you wearing that mask? Are you sick?” As a healthcare professional I am in a privileged position to advise others about current health precautions.

The best way to protect yourself is to practice regular hand hygiene, making sure to wash your hands under running water with soap for at least 15 seconds. Of course if you are unwell or you suspect that you may have the Coronavirus, please self isolate and contact you local emergency department or doctors office prior to visiting.

Take care and stay healthy

Dr Nora 💉

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