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CMAAO Corona Facts and Myth Buster

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Healthy Soch
05th April, 2020 22:34 IST

“Most COVID-19 Cooperative Patients Can Be Managed Remotely. 80% need of healthcare providers and PPEs can be reduced”

New Delhi, April 05, 2020:
  • Every family must buy SPO2 monitor
  • Label house as COVID positive so that the colony makes sure the patient does not violate the quarantine terms and conditions
  • Self-quarantine at home will reduce need of health care workers and PPE
  • Fall of SPO2 > 4% at rest or on exertion must be notified
  • Wear surgical masks at home and take medicines as prescribed on teleconsultation
  • BMJ Yes: Most patients with COVID-19 infection can be managed by phone or video chat.

    Telephone management is adequate for patients with mild symptoms and uncomplicated infections. Video may be appropriate for sicker patients, those with comorbidities, those whose social circumstances have a bearing on the illness, and those who are very anxious. Patients who are hard of hearing may prefer video to telephone.

    All patients need SPO2 monitor given that respiratory function can deteriorate quickly, particularly during the second week of infection.

    Fever in patients with COVID-10 can exceed 38 C and last for longer than five days, although as many as half of infected patients have no fever at presentation.

    Symptoms that are not indicative of COVID-19 infection include nasal congestion and allergy-like symptoms.

    Patients with seasonal flu are more likely to have body aches, while shortness of breath is a hallmark of COVID-19. Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms may also be present, and infected patients also report loss of appetite and anosmia.

    Urgent assessment in person or on video is needed for patients with “severe breathlessness or difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, blue lips or face, and a story suggestive of shock (such as cold and clammy with mottled skin, new confusion, becoming difficult to rouse, or significantly reduced urine output).

    It is possible, however, to measure the respiratory rate via a good video connection. More generally, video may allow a more detailed assessment and prevent the need for an in-person visit.

    Dr K K Aggarwal

    President Confederation of Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania

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