Hong Kong’s most reputable pandemic doctor analyzes a way out of intensive care for thousands of patients of the novel coronavirus – staying away from it!
After advanced and sobering experiences from nearly two decades ago due to the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak, Yuen Kwok-Yung is advocating early, aggressive hospitalization and treatment to decrease the spread of the disease and the death toll.
Hong Kong-registered a fatality rate of only two percent as of Friday, significantly undercutting the global average, which got many people wondering how they managed to do that.
Most therapies against the disease are authorized for usage in severe cases and often backed up by research still undergoing.
Yuen, the Henry Fok professor of infectious diseases from the University of Hong Kong, accepts patients with early stages of infections isolated from the rest of the citizens, continuously monitored and treated if necessary.
“In places like the U.K. and U.S., usually if you have mild symptoms, you are not admitted to a hospital at all — you just wait at home until you feel very bad or you have shortness of breath,” professor Yuen said.
“But we admit any patients, even without much symptoms, into the hospital for isolation,” he added.
The strategy significantly decreases transmission among citizens and enables patients to enter a clinical trial process and have access to experimental cure soon after manifesting fever or other signs of aggravating illness, Yuen stated.
That is extremely important because studies show that the amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus, also known as “viral load” in patients, peaks at approximately the same time when symptoms begin manifesting.