Your doctor detected an abnormal lung sound, what should you do now?
It’s evident from a study that the Novel corona virus might take up to 14 days for the symptoms to show up properly. The Crackles and Wheezes detected by your doctor point out to the fact that your lungs could have an underlying infection like Pneumonia, ARDS, atelectasis or pulmonary fibrosis, to name a few, and needs to be treated accordingly. However, if you already have a COVID-19 infection, detection of abnormal lung sounds is not a good sign! These lung sounds usually show up during the late stages of the viral infection. The ARDS resulting from the corona virus is way more fatal than your typical ARDS or Pneumonia. To be exact, mortality from typical ARDS cases is around 35.3%. On the other hand, COVID-19 ARDS cases report up to a whopping 61.5%. Contact your local healthcare provider straight away and let them know about your health condition as these manifestations could prove fatal. Protect yourself, to protect others! "This disease is still too strange to us, and there are too many doubts,” This statement was given by Dr Qin of the Wuhan Union Hospital after evaluating about 400 cases of COVID-19 pneumonia. Even people with no symptoms visible could act as potential carriers and transmit the virus. Till now, there is no vaccine available. The best possible way to prevent the spread is to act responsibly and follow the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and CDC. Let’s outline the prevention techniques that we need to follow: Avoid any unnecessary contact with the sick to avoid exposure. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and ensure the use of a hand-sanitizer when in contact with objects in a public place. Always cover the mouth and nose region with a face mask. Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. Clean and disinfect your commonly used household items such as tables, chairs, desks, keyboards and toilet seats. EPA approved disinfectants for SARS CoV2 can be found here.