Vol. 6, Issue 6, Part D (2020)
Safety measures to be adopted by clinical physiotherapists in Covid-19 era
Kaushik Guha and Dr. Subhrojyoti Bhowmick
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by new virus known as Coronavirus. 2019 Novel corona viruses (nCoV) mostly spread from bats to human, which is known as spillover. In the past corona viruses caused diseases like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in China in 2003 & MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Corona viruses can cause both respiratory & G.I symptoms. Respiratory symptoms can be mild like common cold & pneumonia. It can be severe like SARS & MERS. The symptoms are fever, dry cough, tiredness, diarrhoea, shortness of breath (S.O.B), in more severe cases pneumonia, kidney failure & death. The diagnosis of this disease can be done by performing PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) which identifies the virus based on its genetic fingerprint. There is no vaccine or specific medication available currently, except supportive care. The spread of this virus can be prevented by following standard hygiene protocols which includes maintaining minimum distance of one meter/two meters according to CDC from the patients, using face masks & P.P.E, washing hands repeatedly with soap water/ABHR, covering mouth with tissues, flexed elbow, handkerchiefs to prevent droplet infections, avoiding those are not well & animals as well. Patient care has always been specific to the individual, with the physical therapist assessing a person's needs related to their goals. Thus, physical therapists have a responsibility to review CDC guidance, to understand who is at highest risk and how to best reduce exposure, and to use their professional judgment in the best interests of their patients and clients and their local communities — including rescheduling non-urgent care if that is the best approach, or making other adjustments when the risk of exposure to COVID-19 outweighs the benefits of immediate treatment.
How to cite this article:
Kaushik Guha and Dr. Subhrojyoti Bhowmick. Safety measures to be adopted by clinical physiotherapists in Covid-19 era. International Journal of Applied Research. 2020; 6(6): 213-216.