Dobrita Munteanu is a Romanian nurse in Southern California and has worked in the nursing field for 38 years in the majority of the States with HIV, Ebola, SARS, MERS and other communicable disease. At Valley Presbyterian Hospital she says no cases of coronavirus have been registered.
Each one of these infectious diseases scary in itself, the new virus, Covid-19 is just as scary as it can spread faster than any others. The specialist advises to keep a good hygiene, which is the best protection for everyone. „Alcogels are worthless. They do kill bacteria, however not viruses. Keeping a social distance is one way to minimize the spread. Unfortunately, the media is collecting accolades off the uninformed people, thus maximizing the fear of the virus”, she explained to HORA in America.
She has served as a nurse for 12 years in the Military Service with the US Army and would rather trust the American authorities, such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rather than the incorrect media.
The Romanian nurse says she has a facility in SoCal which is well prepared to care for all possible scenarios. The panic in Los Angeles is just that, a panic caused by miss information and misleading people to gather front page bylines, according to Munteanu.
Dobrita advises all Romanians in the American diaspora have thorough hand washing, minimizing exposure to large gatherings of people, calling family doctor if flulike symptoms show up and keeping well hydrated.
The same type of advise is given by Ion Alexie, an expert in infectious diseases from Las Vegas who’s video about coronavirus got viral on social media. Hand sanitizer is effective at killing viruses, although hand-washing is preferred. If you can’t get to a sink, hand sanitizer is a good backup plan — just make sure it’s at least 60% alcohol.
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Posted by Cunoaștere on Friday, March 13, 2020
According to Ion Alexie, someone close enough for the virus particles to reach in that brief period can therefore be infected. So anyone comes into contact with virus-containing droplets that fall onto a surface. The new coronavirus can survive on surfaces for several hours; hence the importance of hand-washing after touching a surface in a public place.
Although the World Health Organization had previously estimated the survival time on surfaces to be a „few hours to a few days” based on research on other coronaviruses, this is the first study by scientists at a federal laboratory to test the actual virus causing the current pandemic, SARS-CoV-2.
„Ultraviolet light can be a really powerful disinfectant and we get a lot of UVA light from the sun,” says Daniel Kuritzkes an infectious disease expert at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. „Direct sunlight can help rapidly diminish infectivity of viruses on surfaces,” he says.
When researchers in Singapore tested the air in the rooms of three Covid-19 patients, they found no virus particles on cleaned surfaces or in the air even when they took samples on days the patients were symptomatic and presumably shedding virus into the air, they reported this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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