Hello! My name is Dr. Mikiko Murakami and I work at Spine and Sports Medical Group in Campbell, CA. We would like for you to be informed about the Coronavirus situation.
When the Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, I have to admit, I was not as worried about the impacts of this virus as I am today. Things have changed very quickly.
Although I am not an epidemiologist, an infectious disease expert, or a virologist, I see many patients every day where I get questions on the Coronavirus. There has been a slow response (in the US) for detection and yet a rapid increase in the patients who have now tested positive in the Bay Area. Globally, my friends and family that live in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and Korea have greatly been impacted. Now with the cruise ship with more than 3,000 preparing to dock at the Port of Oakland tomorrow (March 9, 2020), this issue is very, very real.
I have consolidated research from various physicians, scientists and health organizations in hopes of informing you so that you can be prepared. Outline below:
WHAT WE DO KNOW
This new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is exactly that. It is NEW. We don’t know enough about this virus yet so facts that are true today, may change tomorrow.
It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans that cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis, with evaluation and treatments being different for these patients.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
PREPAREDNESS: HOME SUPPLIES
Santa Clara County has recommendations on having supplies, prescription medications, non-prescription medications.
Below are suggestions of what to have what to have at home:
WHEN TO GO TO THE ER
Know your facts, have a prevention plan, have a plan in case someone in your household gets infected.
Here is to everyone staying healthy,
Dr. Mikiko Murakami
Spine and Sports Medical Group
Author Mikiko Murakami, DO Physician