Unfortunately COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) has put the world into a frenzy and changed lives drastically in the US. At this time, it's important to remember to listen to your public officials regarding local incidence of disease and any restrictions that the city may have put in place. Here in Houston, we already have several instances of people getting tested positive. As more people get tested, that number will only go up. Once someone contracts the disease, there is very little that can be done to treat the disease itself. We can only treat the symptoms. There are things that we can do on a daily basis that can help reduce the spread of disease:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Remember to wash between the fingers and the wrist/thumb area.
2. Social distancing. This may be the most difficult thing for us to do as most of us have jobs. But if you can work from home, order your groceries, order essential supplies from online stores, it is preferable to going to the store. In addition, any unnecessary social gathering should be avoided at this time.
3. Cover your hands when you cough/sneeze. Once you do, make sure to wash your hands with soap/water.
4. Do not touch your face.
5. Drink plenty of water and get lots of sleep. These are simple things that we should be doing but it's especially important as it helps to boost our immune system.
As an orthopedic surgeon, we do not deal directly with coronavirus patients, but we are equally as affected. We are being very vigilant at our hospital and I hope you will be as well.