Covid 19 Update – Should I worry about the Coronavirus Disease?

Article by Dr Matthew Stark & Dr Kate Stark.

 

Do not worry unnecessarily.

Take the situation seriously, make sure to follow all the advice and guidelines set out for you. Stay informed.

This knowledge will alleviate your worries.

Make sure you look after each other, sleep well, eat well and exercise well (taking responsibility for your personal fitness level, hygiene and ability).

What is the name of the disease caused by Coronavirus?

MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

SARS – Severe Acute  Respiratory Syndrome

ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Pneumonia

MERS – as suggested is found in the Middle East and like covid-19 may be asymptomatic, however, MERS is positive for coronavirus.

The World Health Organisation has been obtaining data from the coronavirus causing MERS since 2003.  SARS and SARS cov2 leading to ARDS and Pneumonia are the names of the diseases that can result from infection with Covid-19 resulting in the need for urgent hospital treatment.

As suggested by the name the illness affects the respiratory system.

In more serious cases of Covid-19 patients experience pneumonia, their lungs fill with pockets of pus and fluid leading to intense shortness of breath and painful coughing.

The respiratory system is a biological system consisting of specific organs and structures used for Gas Exchange.

As we breathe, oxygen enters the nose, mouth, pharynx, larynx and sinuses regulating the temperature and humidity of the air.

From the sinus air enters the trachea (windpipe).

From the trachea into the bronchi.

From the bronchi into the bronchial tubes into the lobes of the lungs.

The bronchi are lined with tiny hairs called cilia carrying mucus that collects dust, germs and matter that we expel when we cough and sneeze.

The lobes of the lungs contain alveoli, which are small spongy sacs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs.

How to naturally improve lung health.

Avoid smoking. Improving air quality at home. Drink plenty of water.

A diet rich in omega 3 oily fish. Beta carotene carrots, fruits vitamin c . Berries antioxidants. Vegetables vitamin b.

However, there are very few cases in Australia. The full daily reports can be obtained from the government site.

Can you contract the COVID-19 coronavirus disease by touching a surface?

There are three modes of transmission

  1. Airborne – threw the air.  Less than 2 meters away from an infected person.  The virus may stay in stale air for up to 3 hrs
  2. Contact – The virus may stay on contaminated surfaces for up to 92 hrs.
  3. Droplet – Via sneezing or coughing by people positive for covid-19.

Who is most at risk of Covid-19?

Patients who are at least 70 years of age.

Patients who are at least 50 years of age and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent.

Patients who are pregnant.

Patients who are the parent of a baby up to 1 year.

Patients currently being treated for a chronic health condition.

Patients who are immunocompromised.

Patients required to self-quarantine in accordance with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee guidance

Patients meeting the current national triage protocol criteria for COVID -19 infection.

 

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19 infection?

Most commonly;

Fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Sometimes aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.

Some patients are carriers and do not exhibit obvious signs of the disease.

Generally it takes 5/6 days for symptoms to show after infection, it may take up to 14 days.

There is currently no available vaccine, however it is estimated that their will be a vaccine available in 12 to 18 months time.

If you believe you have COVID-19 you should contact your doctor via telephone.

Telehealth conversations are welcome to all of our practitioners.

You are able to obtain a prescription should you require one.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 07 5560 9575 or info@StarKlinics.com.au for any advice, a telehealth appointment or a normal appointment.

Article by Dr Kate Stark –  Director StarKlinics Dental Clinic 

DR Kate Stark Dentist & Director StarKlinics Gold Coast Dr Kate Stark – Dentist & Director at StarKlinics Dental.

Dr Kate Stark is a committed dental practitioner who is passionate about digital dental technologies.
Kate graduated in 2005 from Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Kings College London.

Kate is Dentist and director of StarKlinics, a dental medical and training facility on the Gold Coast.

Article by Dr Matthew Stark –  GP and Specialist StarKlinics Dental Clinic 

DR Kate Stark Dentist & Director StarKlinics Gold Coast Dr Matthew Stark BM, MRCP, MRCGP, MFSEM, FRACGP – Doctor & Director at StarKlinics Dental.

Dr Stark is a sailor and water sport junkie.
He is the man to see if you have a sports injury and he’s pretty handy with an acupuncture needle.

Mathew is a GP and Specialist based at StarKlinics, a dental medical and training facility on the Gold Coast.

Starklinics is Open for Emergency Dental Care Only!

In response to the corona virus event and inline with the Australian Dental Association guidelines, Starklinics will only be offering Emergency Dental Treatment until further notice.

If you do suffer from a dental emergency, please phone our clinic on 07 5560 9575 and we will assess your case and book you in for treatment.

Please Stay safe and practice social distancing and look out for yourself and others!

 

Impact of COVID-19 Activity Upon Dental Practices and StarKlinics


This last week we have seen 9 new patients cancel.

We have managed to keep the majority of booked treatments, with 2 cancellations the majority of reasons are due to slight cold symptoms.

The industry as a whole has implemented practical protocols and policies regarding both staff sickness and patient illness.

We request that all patients with any symptoms of cold, flu, fever and/or sneezing do not enter the practice.

We request that all patients that have travelled outside of Australia leave their appointments until at least 14 days from arrival in Australia.

All our protocols and procedures for cross infection are hospital grade, therefore in addition we have implemented the following guidelines.

Calling patients prior to their appointment and ask if they have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, if they feel unwell including but limited to symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

We will also ask if they have had any contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

If the patient answers YES to any of these questions we advise them that we cannot provide routine dental care and reschedule their appointment for 14 days after their last travel or contact with COVID-19, or their symptoms have resolved.

In the waiting room we have removed any unnecessary items, regularly wipe down surfaces with hospital grade disinfectants, place a cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene poster in a visible position.

At StarKlinics we will review a dental emergency case if the patient has flu/cold symptoms over the telephone.

If the patient is unwell or considered high risk or there is severe pain with swelling, we will be able to provide antibiotics.

We ask that all patients attend by themselves and that any other family members or friends remain at home.

If a driver is required then the patient is dropped off and we will call their driver to return once the appointment is complete.

Constant use of hospital TGA approved disinfectants are used regularly to wipe down any communal areas and after each person has attended the practice.

StarKlinics is a different type of dental practice in that we are able to carry out full mouth rehabilitation in one visit.

Therefore, we see far fewer patients in a single day.

Sometimes only one patient will be present all day, significantly decreasing risk.

Other dental practices with higher turnover would be at a higher risk.

If they are in areas of need with multiple bookings it is likely that most patients would need to remain in their cars and telephone the practice upon arrival to make certain they are not exhibiting symptoms before entering the dental practice with the use of pre appointment questionaries.

At StarKlinics we request that immediately all patients upon entering our practice use the hand sanitiser available.

If you have any questions or would like to chat with us please call on 07 5560 9575

Article by Dr Kate Stark –  Director StarKlinics Dental Clinic 

DR Kate Stark Dentist & Director StarKlinics Gold Coast Dr Kate Stark – Dentist & Director at StarKlinics Dental.

Dr Kate Stark is a committed dental practitioner who is passionate about digital dental technologies.
Kate graduated in 2005 from Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals Kings College London.
Kate is Dentist and director of StarKlinics, a dental medical and training facility on the Gold Coast.