Knowledge and truthful information are the best allies in times of crisis
The world was not prepared for the new Coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19, and amid chaos important parts appear in fighting the virus: the medical teams. It is at this moment that health professionals realize the importance of keeping up to date, to formulate the best way to meet this epidemiological emergency.
The update enriches the professional with knowledge that can be applied in situations like the one we are experiencing. Medical teams are having a fundamental role in controlling the pandemic. More than 100 cases have been recovered worldwide from a virus that has not a defined treatment yet.
Studies and research are the greatest allies of health professionals, together with the prevention of the rest of the population. The virus may have a lower lethality rate than others that have already appeared, but it is extremely contagious, its proliferation occurs very quickly. That is why the Covid-19 has created global chaos.
Paul Fürbringer and the coronavirus
What is the relationship between this German physician and chemist born in August 1849 and died in July 1930 and the current pandemic situation with the coronavirus? Paul Fürbringer, in his studies, carried out investigations on salicylic acid, effects of mercury, liver diseases, genitourinary system, and infectious diseases. But he also researched hand hygiene, and in 1888, he was the first to recommend alcohol for disinfecting hands of surgeons and medical personnel.
As the pandemic hits worrying dissemination levels , it is essential to remember the importance of simple measures, such as washing hands and the use of alcohol gel, as well as the attitudes of avoiding crowding, leaving home only if needed and seeking medical assistance in the recommended cases, according to the protocols of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health in our country. "And remember, above all, that the recklessness of self-medication, the replication of fake news, as well as unreasonable panic are not good companions at a time when science and common sense must necessarily prevail," said master Jacques Vissosky, coordinator of the Graduate Program in Occupational Medicine.
Dissemination of fake news
One of the problems with the new Coronavirus is that it spreads very fast, there are already 350 thousand cases in the world. And the fake news accompanies the virus speed. Content with miraculous treatments, autoimmune remedies to the virus, and others are disseminated on various platforms, disseminating false news.
Ministry of Health created a WhatsApp channel to correctly inform the population. Users can send a message with the information, and the agency's staff will check its veracity. The goal is to contain the dissemination of false news, as a large part of the population uses social networks to get information. The Ministry of Health number is (XNUMX) XNUMX-XNUMX.
Last Friday (20/3), the World Health Organization also created the communication channel by WhatsApp to give true news. The service can be accessed via link or the user can send an “OI” to the number +41 79 781 87 91.
A platform to help
ClinicalKey is the largest platform for referrals and medical content today, developed by Elsevier, a global company with more than XNUMX years and a market leader in the field of Health. Only last week, ClinicalKey had more than XNUMX articles published about the Coronavirus.
Content like this helps health professionals to think about the best combat plan to be adopted, through relevant information and materials.
A World Health Organization (WHO) said that the best way to prevent the pandemic from spreading is to take bold measures, which are having an effect in combating the spread of the virus. Bold measures mean quarantine and isolation from people. That distance from social life can disrupt the routine, but it is important to think of it as a temporary possibility.
O Ministry of Education , following guidelines and recommendations from the Ministry of Health, does not approve any type of face-to-face meeting in this quarantine period. However, distance classes can be held.
This is a good time to keep up to date and learn something of interest, invest in reading articles and research, or even take a distance course to improve your profession.