DECODING COVID-19: AGED CARER’S GUIDE

Since the very first occurrence in December 2019 in Wuhan, China Mainland, the Novel Coronavirus which is officially now named COVID-19 has continue to spread its terror throughout entire world. While becoming a pandemic, the contamination has been spread over 110 countries so far including Australia and New Zealand. As of now, there are 112 cases reported in Australia.

The health authorities in Australia is however emphasising people on staying calm and thriving upon ‘authentic information’ from trusted sources.

While explaining the symptoms of coronavirus, infection disease specialist Dr. William Rawlinson breaks down some important points. As a responsible aged care provider & NDIS provider in Sydney, OSAN Ability Assist shares what we should need to know about this epidemic.

The Symptoms of Coronavirus

As you may have already known that most people who are found novel coronavirus positive, may feel like having a common cold.

The mostly manifested symptoms of COVID-19 are fever (mild to severe), dry cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and subsequent shortness of breath. Some might also encounter fatigue and headaches.

However, diarrhea and nausea also have been reported in some cases but these are significantly less than common.

While In severe cases, the patient might encounter the symptoms of acute influenza.

Dr. Rawlinson also added that some people can develop pneumonia and may need to transfer to ICU though in small percentage.

Though very unlikely, some people with COVID-19 may develop no such symptoms or feel unwell at all.

CHANCES OF AUSTRALIANS TO DEVELOPING CORONAVIRUS

According to Dr. Rawlinson people in Australia are usually in strong position to fight coronavirus due to good diet, health outcomes and population size.

However, if anyone suffers from the symptoms above or suspects having infected by COVID-19, he/she should contact their General Physician as early as possible.

The clinical studies say that who are over 65 or having any pre-existing underlying disease like kidney, heart disease or asthma are at higher risk of developing more severe symptoms.

Whereas those with a good immune system or under 20 are less likely to develop any major symptoms.

As opposed to the influenza outbreak in 2009, pregnant women do not seem to be at greater risk of contracting coronavirus.

RECOVERY CHANCES & PROBABILITIES

About 80 per cent of people recover from the disease without any special treatment.

“If you have COVID-19, don’t be overwhelmed by it. By far and away, people are recovering well,” Dr Rawlinson said.

Most people with minor symptoms will be told to quarantine themselves at home, keep up fluids and take paracetamol to control their temperature.

Australian patients have generally recovered in about four weeks, Dr Rawlinson said.

The people who suffer more severe symptoms may require hospital admission, where they will be cared for in a negative pressure ward and might be given intravenous fluids or oxygen in more serious cases.

Some may develop an infection in their lower respiratory tract which could lead to pneumonia.

These patients would be treated in an intensive care unit where high-flow oxygen may be administered or they may be intubated.

Severe pneumonia can lead to respiratory failure, which is the leading cause of death from coronavirus.

Source: A) www.abc.net.au

B) who.int

Regards: OSAN Ability Assist

 

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