The Coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19, is a worldwide epidemic. Wuhan, China is ground zero for this virus and it has since then spread across the world. This virus is lethal, especially to the elderly with underlying health issues.
The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to that of a cold or flu. Runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever and difficulty breathing can be symptoms of this disease. Not everyone that has this virus will show all the same symptoms. Coronavirus can potentially lead to more intense symptoms and or reactions while other cases may be mild in patients. It is important to get tested and see your doctor right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you have traveled outside of the country. This disease transfers from person to person in a close proximity through bodily fluid droplets in the air and or coming in contact with something someone infected has come in contact with.
Ways to protect yourself from the coronavirus is to wash your hands, practice social distancing, especially if you see someone who is physically showing these symptoms, and avoid touching your hands to your face. Seeking medical attention right when symptoms show up is important because you do not want whatever you have, whether that be the coronavirus or not, to get worse. If your symptoms are severe, heading straight to the hospital and or calling 911 would be the best thing you could do in this situation.
People should stay informed about the coronavirus and whether it has been detected in your city because it is spreading day by day. The United States is doing a good job to contain the virus, but coronavirus test kits are limited and the US is working hard to supply test kits where people need them the most.
Telemedicine is the remote and or virtual treatment of patients. This strategy is effective in dealing with patients who may have the coronavirus because patients can receive virtual primary care. The doctor does not need to be physically present but the patient can still receive the attention and care they need. This helps in the avoidance of spreading the coronavirus from person to person. If you have the coronavirus, you will need to be quarantined in a hospital and or at home. If you were exposed to the coronavirus but show no symptoms, you are required to isolate yourself for at least two weeks.
In the United States, health insurers have came to the decision to waive copays for coronavirus tests. People who are displaying symptoms should be able to get easily accessible testing, especially so their diagnosis is confirmed and they can get the care they need. President Trump, along with the United States as a whole, is doing everything in their power to not only contain the virus, but provide the necessary materials to diagnose and eventually prevent. A coronavirus vaccine is currently in the works.
Telehealth and primary care offered virtually helps those with the coronavirus who are in isolation. This is the best approach to help avoid spreading this disease. Medicare expanded the use of telehealth and telemedicine in outbreak areas. The first case of coronavirus in the United States and the first death was reported in Washington state.
Combating the coronavirus is not an easy task, especially when receiving the death toll numbers from China, but with telehealth and telemedicine, patients will be able to receive primary care in the safest way possible. Virtual primary care may not be the answer to everything, but it will undeniably help with where help is desperately needed. Infection control is where telehealth is proven successful.
Communication lines are open between the telehealth "robot" that provides the care and diagnosis with the infected patient. All the health officials have to do is roll the robot into the room and let it do its job, including a virtual reality screen that provides the help.
All health agencies have been advised to expand telehealth strategies in their offices. If this is the most effective strategy to date when diagnosing and dealing with infected patients, every health agency should, in fact, have it.
Coronavirus is a serious disease and should not be taken for granted by anyone. The proper precautions need to be taken by everyone, not only the ones who have symptoms and signs. The awareness of telehealth needs to spread. People need to know that this virtual health help is an option and that it is the best option to avoid infecting others. People need to take every step they can to help prevent this infection from killing and or spreading to anyone else.
The coronavirus is strong, but we as a society are stronger and we can fight this. Telehealth will help in aiding the defeat of coronavirus