Hicksville, NY: Dr Sunil Mehra, pulmonologist and critical care specialist, is at the front line of fighting coronavirus. He has been called in to see Covid-19 patients. Speaking to The South Asian Times Wednesday, he said there were 10 confirmed cases and another 10 probables at the NYC hospital he works with. But none of them are Indian Americans. He fears a spurt in the number of cases in the coming 5-6 weeks.
The Muttontown resident Dr Mehra reports that among Covid-19 cases, pulmonary (lungs-related) complications are the main cause of death along with septic shock and multiple organs failure.
“And no, Indians do not have some special genetic blessing to give extra immunity against this new virus,” Dr Mehra warns and negates the sundry cures and immunity boosters doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
“We Indians love parties and crowds and should be more cautious and follow guidelines given by federal and local authorities. Social distancing is very important as is taking time to wash hands thoroughly,” is his advice.
He points out that the incubation period of Covid-19 is 5-12 days and most of people will develop symptoms in this period after exposure. 70-80% of those contracting the disease will have mild symptoms but prone to infect others.
Elderly people especially with underlying conditions like diabetes, renal failure, COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and on immunosuppressive therapy should be extra careful.
While looking after the patients with this highly infectious disease Dr Mehra says he has to safeguard himself with the special gear called ‘Personal protective equipment’ – protective clothing, helmet, gloves, face shields, goggles, facemask, etc.
You may contact him with any questions or queries at [email protected]