By Clint Parker
No place has been hit harder by the COVID19 virus than New York City, where tens of thousands have the virus, and the pandemic continues to increase. So who better to offer insight to what citizens are facing than a New York doctor in the thick of it all.
Dr. David Price of Weill Cornell Medical Center, a 1,200-bed facility in New York City, a place where he says a majority of virus cases are, shared information in a March 22 Zoom call with family and friends on empowering and protecting families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since his video appeared on Vimeo.com, it has been viewed over two million times and he has been on news outlets.
In the video, Price offers education, knowledge and hope surrounding the pandemic. Here are just a few of his comments:
“I’m in kind of a unique position to know what’s going on,” said Price, who says his hospital is getting about 20 percent of the virus cases in the city. He goes on to say that doctors are in two places right now, with the first being to get mad at people for not taking it seriously enough. The other is that doctors are in a place to “…empower people right now. And what I mean by ‘empower’ is to learn about this disease.”
“I don’t want you guys to be scared,” Price explains. “We’re three months into this in the medical world and we understand this disease.” He then goes on to tell how to keep from getting the disease, telling his audience that he might get emotional during the call but that it’s not because “…I’m scared, its actually the opposite. It’s for the first time in a while I’m actually not scared,” he said as he choked up.
Price explained that this virus is like the common cold virus, “but that the human body has never seen this virus before…” with the most likely place affected by the illness is the lungs. He then goes on to describe the classic symptoms that we’ve been hearing about from the medical community. Price said the virus tends to last 5, to, 7, to 14 days.
He then moved on to how people get the virus, which he said is contact with an infected surface or person who may or may not be exhibiting symptoms and is transferred “…almost exclusively from your hands to your face” where it can enter into the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. Price also said it might become airborne, which he claims is when an unprotected person would have to be exposed to an infected person for 15 to 30 minutes of sustained, close contact in order to contract the disease.
“The overwhelming majority of people are getting this by physically touching someone who has this disease or will develop it over the next one to two days, and then touching their face.”