As of 03/20/2020 we still don't know enough about Coronavirus transmission.
From my personal extensive analysis of the available data (references are available on this page) it is clear to me that the virus can be transmitted in the following way:
Additionally, it appears that SARS-CoV-2 (the Coronavirus responsible for this pandemic)
Check out a litter from an expert on the subject of transmission. It is really eye-opening...
CLICK HERE to view the blog post with the letter.
Please take the time to read the letter. It is important. Please share it as well.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
Be conscientious about your own hygiene and take active measures to protect yourself and others:
I know this is a lot to take in, but it will save lives.
I am sorry if the information keeps changing all the time! I will do my best to continue keeping you updated.
With love and care,
Dr. Maria Danilychev, MD
P.S.: Below are some images that may help makes sense of all the PPE (personal protective equipment)
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
When around people outside of your home:
To protect yourself from droplets in case some coughs or sneezes on you (and to protect the others from your own accidental cough or sneeze), you can use a scarf if you are not sick and a mask if you are (PS: please don't go in public if you are sick):
PPE for healthcare workers
If you are sick at the hospital with a respiratory infection, you want all your doctors and care providers to look like the BEST photo above in the ideal case scenario.
Which masks are currently provided to healthcare workers? Very few get PAPRs, many do not have access to N95s, some healthcare workers don't even have enough regular masks, any many are instructed by their hospital administrators to wear suboptimal protective equipment to avoid "scaring" the public. Honestly, I would be more scared of a doctor who is unprotected and may be passing germs around, then the one who is fully "suited up".
Please do whatever you can to help! You don't want people in the front lines to start getting sick and dying. Who is going to help the rest of the people?
Physicians are notorious for being really bad at advocating for themselves. I've been asking everyone how is not adequately protected by their healthcare organization to speak up, but very few people are doing it. It will take a public outcry to for this horrible situation to change.
I am doing everything I can to increase public awareness of this issue which is largely hidden from the public eye and which is not being adequately addressed.
Please spread the word! Please find ways to contribute PPE to healthcare workers near you!
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Dr. Maria Danilychev, M.D., is a San Diego based medical doctor with 20 years of experience and board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice/Palliative Medicine, and as a Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Danilychev also conducts clinical trials and was one of the first responders during 9/11.