“We have to contain the spread” – Emergency doctor

A commuter wears a protective face mask while waiting at a bus terminus in Valletta
A commuter wearing a protective face mask waits at a bus terminus, after Malta imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals on the island in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, in Valletta, Malta March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Emergency doctor Konrad Borg strongly urged the public to limit out door contacts and any social activity in a Facebook post on Tuesday. Dr Borg noted that we have entered a new phase of the coronavirus after local spread was recorded.

On Tuesday, Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci announced that there were eight new patients who tested positive to coronavirus including a 3-year-old boy.

Writing on Facebook, Dr Borg urged the public that if they need to go shopping or to work they should not touch their face. He urged people to wash their hands frequently and as they return home use soap and water or alcohol based handrub.

Further he urged people to contact the elderly regularly so that social distancing does not become social isolation.

Dr Borg urged the public to understand that the worst aspect of the illness was the fact that hospitals were running out of resources and this is contributing significantly to the number of deaths.

He explained that if only 10% of the country had to get the virus this may result in 2,500 ITU admissions over a few months. There are currently 100 beds and each patient may occupy a bed for weeks at a time which would leave large numbers without adequate treatment.

“This is also one of the most heartbreaking aspects for healthcare staff who want to give every single patient the best care,” he wrote.

“Reinforce this with everyone you know. We have to contain the spread and this effort will have to last for a few months. Let’s keep focused on our common purpose and on the goal, which is to get out of this safely,” Dr Borg said.

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