Fighting coronavirus What should we do
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic — official recognition that the virus respects no borders and now affects masses of people in countries all over the world. And there is no denying the world is changing, in painful ways. We see it in financial markets, where prices are plunging — and in supermarkets, where customers are stripping shelves bare. All driven by fear, as the number of virus cases grows with each passing day.
We have to be right every time to prevent it. So, every time you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or the crook of your arm. Every time you think of it, wash your hands — as frequently as you can. Every time you can, practice "social distancing" — stay away from others during this outbreak. Social distancing is now being enforced throughout our society. Schools are closing, sporting events of every kind are being canceled. Do not go where people gather. In order to live, you must go to be protected. Bring a good mask, gloves, disinfectant, etc.
If you feel unwell, please isolate yourself, the biggest and most effective protection for yourself and others.Absolutely, especially when coupled with the time-proven technique of aggressive testing to find and isolate infected people as early as possible. In China, where there has been strict quarantine and social distancing in the epicenter of the outbreak, new infections have dramatically slowed. In South Korea, where health officials cleverly used drive-through testing, we're also seeing the number of new cases slow down.
One important approach is to try to protect the most vulnerable, especially people with serious medical problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or a weakened immune system. And older people have been more severely affected than the young. In Italy, for example, there has been a dramatic spike in death rate in patients with COVID-19 who are 70 and over. Therefore, it makes sense for the elderly and people with serious medical conditions to voluntarily self-isolate now.
And here's something we need to keep in mind. We are all in this together. So even as we keep a distance from each other physically, we need to stay close emotionally. Social isolation is bad for your health!
If ever there was a time to call or video chat with friends and loved ones, it is now. And don't forget to reach out to the elderly — who may be alone and afraid.
Demonstrating grace under pressure is easier said than done. But that is this doctor's prescription for getting through this. And, if we treat each other with kindness and empathy
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