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“Coronavirus: Don’t Panic!”

Understanding the Latest Threat to Your Health

Different information and updates regarding the COVID-19 are being shared everywhere and it is becoming difficult to separate the myths from the facts. Here’s a recap of Aegle’s MEDtalk by our Medical Director, Dr. Benedict Valdecañas, about this outbreak.


Virology 101:  What is Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19)?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) started late last year in China and eventually spread to other countries.  As of March 10, the Philippines has 35 COVID-19 cases while countless others are still under observation. Symptoms to watch out for are colds, cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing; usual symptoms of the common flu.

What is the mortality rate of COVID-19?

What is interesting to note is that although this virus is more infectious than the influenza (flu), it is deadly to only approximately two out of every hundred contracting it, and puts those above the age of 55 more at risk for complications like pneumonia.

Who are susceptible to COVID-19?

Myth: The elderly and young ones are more susceptible to this disease than those in other age groups.

Fact: All ages can be affected with COVID-19. But those who have weak immune systems or have pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to complications such as pneumonia.

How can the virus be transmitted?


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Myth: The virus is airborne.

Fact: The virus can be passed by an infected person when he coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth or nose. It can only be airborne when people around the infected person take in the droplets (i.e. by breathing it in). It can also spread by touching any surface where the virus may have settled from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.

How can I avoid getting infected?

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 15-20 seconds.

  • Make sure you’re wearing masks the right way.


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 The non-woven fabric, usually in blue color, should be facing the environment. It’s a leak-proof layer which prevents droplets from having contact with your nose and mouth.

  • Boosting your immune system through IV Drips and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can definitely help (see the headline last Tuesday, March 3).

  • Sanitize using a 90% alcohol solution. While most viruses are killed by 75% alcohol, 90% concentration wipes them out completely.

  • Drink at least three (3) liters of water every day.  This can be achieved by drinking one (1) glass of water every hour. 

  • Get enough sleep and rest. Seven to nine hours of restful sleep is recommended.

  • Make sure that any food you will consume is properly and thoroughly cooked.

  • Take your prescribed supplements to make sure you’re in your best state of health.

Want to make sure you’re in your best state of health? Schedule a consultation with our doctors today.

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