Patient Education Regarding The Coronavirus: Stay Safe by Staying Informed


With the current coronavirus outbreak, there have been some understandable concerns from patients over the past few weeks. Furthermore, it can be hard to find reliable information regarding the virus and its outbreak in our current media climate.

If you are looking for a good resource to follow up-to-date information regarding the virus, I would highly recommend looking at the World Health Organization’s website at www.who.net.

Symptoms to watch out for:

The corona virus is a respiratory disease affecting the mouth, throat and lungs. This means you should keep an eye out for any symptoms including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Symptoms are generally mild in a majority of cases. Call your primary care physician immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

WHO recommendations for prevention:

  1. Wash your hands frequently using soap or alcohol-based hand rub for 20 seconds.

  2. Maintain a distance of 3 feet from anyone coughing or sneezing.

  3. Practice respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing (do not use your hand).

  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when in public areas prior to washing your hands.

  5. If you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, seek medical attention early.

  6. Stay informed.

If you have tried washing your hands for 20 whole seconds, it is much longer than one would think. To pass the time, here are some songs with chores that you can sing for 20 seconds while washing your hands. If none of these strike your fancy, you can follow this link to the LA times for more options: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-03/coronavirus-hand-washing-20-seconds-happy-birthday-10-songs

“Africa” by Toto

“Landslide” by Fleetwood mac

“Lose yourself” by Eminem

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton

Some Statistics:

While data is still begin collected regarding the virus, how it spreads, and what demographics are most at risk, here are some of the current numbers right now:

Global Cases: 109,578

Global deaths: 3,809

US confirmed cases: 213

US confirmed deaths: 11

Death from the coronavirus is caused by respiratory failure as a result of pneumonia. Most deaths are in older people with pre-existing conditions. Young children have so far been faring very well only making up 2.4% of all cases reported worldwide. Of this small percentage, only 2.5% experienced severe symptoms, and only 0.2 percent became critically ill (via NBC.com).

A recent survey by NBC news looking at 167 cases worldwide found 128 were of people 65 or older. Of the 167 cases they were able to collect health data for 116 cases. They found that 114 of the 116 analyzed had underlying health conditions.

It is important to stress this is a small sample size and information is still being updated as we continue to learn more.

I would like to reassure all active patients that we are doing our best to keep our treatment tables, mats, and gym equipment sanitary by thorough wiping all used equipment after each and every patient. I can also assure you that when you come in, I have washed my hands (yes, for 20 whole seconds) with soap and water prior to the start of your appointment. It is important to stay safe and informed. Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have by calling 619-777-3019.