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A/Prof Janet Rimmer, one of the Clinic’s respiratory specialists, gives us an overview of how Coronavirus can affect our lungs and what she recommends to deal with this crisis.
It boils down to one key objective: taking extra care to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection. It is equally important for the family member or carer, because it is their responsibility to protect the vulnerable person under their care.
In practical terms, here are my top seven recommendations for limiting risks of infection and dealing with this extraordinary crisis:
All those precautions are tough. It is even harder for the elderly who are not always tech-savvy, or don’t have the internet. Some elderly may have hearing problems, which means the phone may not even be an option to connect with the outside world. But, as I remind my patients, right now everyone needs to focus on their health above all else.
While bacterial pneumonia can usually be treated with antibiotics, COVID-19 pneumonia is viral, and unfortunately, anti-viral drugs have not been effective. Although several treatment options are being trialled, for now, treatment is supportive care.
The other major difference is that pneumonia traditionally affects one section of one lung, while COVID-19 pneumonia affects both lungs.