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COVID-19: Up to Date Information on Transmission + Supplements March 21, 2020

by | March 21, 2020

We are facing multiple challenges during these unprecedented times. We are dealing with a virus that has a powerful ability to spread (more on this below) with a rate of mortality estimated to be 10x greater than that of the flu virus. Information about Covid-19 (including guidelines for testing and treatment) is changing rapidly.

Here, I wanted to share with you several updates regarding:

  1. Transmission and viability of Covid-19
  2. Supplements that may cause harm in the case of Covid-19
  3. Up to date resources you can rely on to provide reliable, evidence-based information about Covid-19

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For those of you who live in NYC, here is an update from Department of Health I received yesterday.

SARS-CoV-2 TESTING IN NEW YORK CITY

Here are some of the recommendations to healthcare professionals in NYC by Department of Health sent on March 20, 2020:

  • Persons with COVID-like illness not requiring hospitalization should be instructed to stay home. It is safer for the patients and health care workers and testing does not currently change clinical management or recommendations about staying home.
    • Hospital systems may create alternate testing venues to offload their emergency departments.
  • This minimizes risk of transmission to others, especially healthcare workers (HCWs)
  • There is a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), collection swabs, and viral transport media supplies and it is critical that laboratory testing be prioritized for hospitalized patients
  • There is no reason to test asymptomatic persons or mild-to-moderately ill persons who are not hospitalized, including HCW or first responders
  • Testing may play a more significant role after the pandemic has peaked
  • PRESERVE PPE for HCWs providing medically necessary care for hospitalized patients
  • Like other jurisdictions with general community transmission of COVID-19, New York City (NYC) is facing a critical shortage of PPE
  • There is no reliable data that use of NSAIDS or ACE inhibitors for patients with COVID-19 like illness is harmful

Stay healthy and safe,
Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly

Disclaimer

Nothing stated or posted in this article is intended or should be taken to be the practice of medical or counseling care. The information made available in this article, including, but not limited to, interviews, text, graphics, images, links to other articles, websites, and other material contained in this article, is strictly for informational and entertainment purposes only. The information in this article is NOT (and should not be used as) a substitute for professional psychiatry, psychology, medical, nursing, or professional healthcare advice or services, nor is it designed to suggest any specific diagnosis or treatment. Please always seek medical advice from your physician or a qualified health care provider regarding any medical questions, conditions or treatment, before making any changes to your health care regimen, medications or lifestyle habits. None of the information in this article is a representation or warranty that any particular drug or treatment is safe, appropriate or effective for you, or that any particular healthcare provider is appropriate for you. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking help from a health care provider due to something you have read or seen in this article. Your reading/use of this article does not create in any way a physician-patient relationship, any sort of confidential, fiduciary or professional relationship, or any other special relationship that would give rise to any duties. This article does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, healthcare providers, procedures, or treatments, and if you rely on any of the information provided by this article, you do so solely at your own risk.

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