The coronavirus patients admitted to the medical unit of the Mediclinic Durbanville are anxious about their condition.
“They read about the virus in the news and saw programs on it on television. It contributes to their anxiety, ”says Dr. Rust Theron, an intern who is involved in the hospital’s intensive care unit and works with the corona patients on a daily basis.
“The strict restriction on visitors is the most difficult for them. Their family and friends cannot visit them because of the risk of transmission, ”he says.
“We try to help patients with modern technology and connect Zoom, WhatsApp calls and similar apps with their loved ones.”
Theron treats patients with the virus daily, and has 25 years of experience in the hospital’s emergency room. He says there is now one patient, a 68-year-old man, in the intensive care unit who has the virus among members.
There are seven patients in isolation in the hospital waiting for their test results and many patients isolating themselves at home and being monitored by the hospital.
From Friday it is also mandatory that everyone who enters the doors of a Mediclinic must wear a mask.
Theron says if someone arrives at the hospital suspected of having the coronavirus, a risk assessment is done as a screening test. “Symptoms are evaluated and include fever or respiratory symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and even diarrhea, which indicate underlying infection. It also appears that the loss of smell or taste may be associated with the infection, ”says Theron.
People with these symptoms are isolated. Then it is decided whether such a person should be hospitalized. If their oxygen levels, pulse rate, breathing speed and comprehension are stable, they can be handled at home in self-isolation. They are then monitored daily by telephone. Fever is treated with paracetamol-related medication and anti-inflammatory drugs are currently avoided.