As a physician who has treated hundreds of patients with COVID personally, these are my views on COVID. During the height of COVID, I was seeing almost 40-50 patients every day with active COVID infections personally and physically. These patients were seen in the nursing homes and hospitals. In my opinion, at this point in time there is no cure even though multiple treatments have been proposed.
Vaccine seems to be remote since the virus mutates very easily and it would be difficult to predict and make a vaccine for this virulent organism. Usually, there are three ways a pandemic can end.
- Effective vaccine
- Availibility of Reliable Treatment modalities and medicines
- Herd immunity.
All the above three are not achievable at this time. Herd immunity is not in sight. In this situation, we all need to accept the reality that the virus might be staying with us for a long time.
We need to be pro-active in protecting ourselves and our families. The following are steps that we all should be taking:
- Wear a mask at all times, especially when social distancing is not possible. Masks should be worn correctly for maximum protection.
- Limit exposure to malls, stores, and parties.
- Spend more time with your family.
- Wash your hands frequently (Especially before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after using the restroom, after leaving a public place, after coughing or sneezing, after handling your mask, after caring for someone sick, after changing a diaper, and after touching pets.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If we all take care of ourselves, we will be able to win over this unseen monster.