Protect Yourself Against Covid19
Because I’m an Infectious Disease specialist I’ve been getting a lot of messages from friends asking my opinion on what should be done to prevent Coronavirus 2019 nCoV. I may sound a bit cavalier having been personally involved with more serious infections like Ebola, HIV, Dengue and Malaria for 25+ years, but there’s a common thread of advice here:
First, don’t panic. Look at the numbers and then draw conclusions. Thailand has low and slow growing sporadic numbers of cases. Most have already been sent back, so if there’s a small growth afterward there likely wasn’t much further exponential transmission, as in China.
Second, follow the rules – the same rules we had when exposed to potential populations with Ebola or Influenza:
- Wash your hands. A lot!
- Stop touching every surface when you are in public, at shops, at mass transit and when it can be avoided.
- Frequently clean the surfaces of your home and work with a good cleanser
- Stop touching your face 40 times an hour!!! I know, tough to do because it is so automatic, but know that most infections are spread this way-not through droplet infections passed by sneezing and coughing.
- If you have children it’s probably best to keep them out of activities with lots of group touching as happens in many school activities. The school should be aware of this. If not, make them aware.
- Maintain a strong immune system. Get enough sleep, ease up on the alcohol, exercise and take supplements that can help you become a more efficient immune machine (feel free to message me if you have questions). There’s some great immune boosters available in BKK.
- Know that death due to 2019 nCoV occurs in “at risk” populations: elderly, frail, chronically diseased and immunosuppressed people. Everyone else should recover fully, as we eventually do from the flu.
2019 nCoV will eventually burn out. The virus runs its course when it is not transmitted to a new host. Prevention as above will bring this about faster in the lands outside of China. Unfortunately the Chinese have hit a raw volume of cases that has hit the exponential growth curve and that’s why flights and travels have been restricted in many countries (but not Thailand).
Stay healthy BKK!
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