While everyone should be prepared for coronavirus, one local doctor says some people should be more cautious.
Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado, assistant professor for UTRGV’s School of Medicine and director of infections, is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreaks and said while anyone can get sick with the disease or get a mild form of it, majority of them will recover.
“90% of them will get better without any long-term consequences as far we know,” said Maldonado.
However, Maldonado said the results could be different for others.
“We also have people who are likely to get very sick and even die and those we know is not the kids,” said Maldonado. “It’s the older individuals or individuals who have more than one illness or have multiple illnesses, the heart, lungs or diabetes or other types of heart or coronary or artery disease that we call heart attacks.”
Maldonado advises those who feel they are at risk of getting a severe illness to consult with their healthcare provider.
“I think that before going to see the doctor you should probably call in advance and if you’re likely to have this illness your doctor and yourself should coordinate with the health department because a lot of people can just stay home while under observation [and] even be tested in coordination with the health department,” said Maldonado.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases in the Valley, but Maldonado wants to remind people that there are ways to protect yourself respiratory illnesses by washing your hands for at least 60 seconds, if you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
In addition, stay away from those who are sick, avoid crowded areas and if you are sick, stay home.