We at MedWitness, Ltd. have had many calls from frantic patients and clients with respect to a loved one suffering from C-19 Disease. On the one hand people have general questions about the disease itself but the overwhelming number of questions relate to what to expect from treatment. Given that this seems to be an area not commonly discussed on the news we’re going to touch on it here. The purpose of this article is to generally provide information on how the medical field treats C-19 so that people have an idea of what’s going on but it is not meant to be and should not be used as a guide for actual treatment of a patient. A medical doctor has to diagnose your condition, consider your individual circumstances and design a treatment plan from there.
In general in the field of medicine the care that is provided for a patient has a lot to do with the individual traits and conditions of each person. If we avoid this idea for the purposes of this article we can highlight that unique aspect of care usually provided for C-19 Disease.
Usually, with a virus type infection medical care is supportive in nature. This, in essence, means that there is no curative treatment available in and of itself other than maintaining the patient’s life processes until the body (the immune system) develops antibodies to kill the virus. In general then with the less severe forms of the disease this involves proper sleep, nutrition and mild hydration (doctors want to avoid getting you too “wet” here as this could clog the lungs with fluids in this disease) and the use of Tylenol as needed if there is a fever (doctors tend to avoid aspirin or NSAID’s here as these drugs tend to decrease the body’s immune response somewhat. Steroids are a class of drugs that severely inhibit the immune system and so anyone on such drugs should absolutely check with their doctor right away whether they have the disease or not for now). Clearly, alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs should be avoided. The patient should stay very clean by bathing every day, frequently washing hands, brushing teeth twice a day with flossing, and cleaning clothes and bed linens. Fresh air through an open window helps clear the room air of viral particles. Surfaces should be kept clean. If there is a cough then OTC cough medicine can be considered with your doctor’s approval. The patient should be isolated in a room. After all of this, tincture of time will allow the body to recover.
Patients who get short of breath must go right to the E.R. The family will not be allowed in to avoid exposure to danger there. The patient will get an IV line and Oxygen by nasal canula. This will help a vast majority of the patients and allow them to be sent back home, with Oxygen, after they’re stabilized. Most are given Z-pack for early pneumonia or prevention of same. Pneumonia is considered a super infection meaning it is a new and different infection on top of the viral infection. Adding pneumonia to C-19 Disease is the equivalent of 1 plus 1 = 3 so it’s important to watch for (things like an even higher fever spike and more trouble breathing). Those few who cannot be stabilized this way will need a respirator where they will be admitted to the hospital, put into a medical coma and connected to a positive pressure breathing machine which forces Oxygen into the system. But, notice again, that nothing is curing the virus itself and everything is simply supportive care of increasing levels. The idea being to keep your basic systems operating until your body recovers.
We all should note the significance of generally staying fit, getting sleep, avoiding stress, avoiding alcohol and drugs, watching diets and exercising. Here is when these good habits and long term discipline pay off in the form of survival of the fittest. This can’t be stressed enough.