Local doctor answers coronavirus questions

Dr. Mitchell Levy on symptoms, testing, precautions and more

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Dr. Mitchell Levy is the Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Brown University and the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital. He joined us on Good Morning Providence Friday morning with some advice on staying healthy and keeping coronavirus at bay.

Dr. Levy says the main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Levy says of these symptoms, shortness of breath is key, but the largest determining factor in whether to be concerned about coronavirus is whether you have had a known contact with COVID-19.

Levy says the Rhode Island Department of Health has set up a tent for testing for coronavirus, and starting Monday Rhode Island Hospital will be able to do testing, but Levy stresses that unless you have symptoms and a known exposure to COVID-19, there is no reason to be tested.

In addition to washing your hands, avoiding social contact and touching your face, Levy says wiping down surfaces is critical, because the virus can last on surfaces up to nine days. You should be using bleach wipes, or a solution that is 70 percent alcohol, to make sure that the virus is eliminated from those surfaces.

Levy says from banning visitors from local hospitals to canceling events, it’s better to be overprepared than to have waited too long to act.

Levy stresses that the vast majority of people recover from coronavirus, and most do so in their own home. Only about five percent become critically ill, and the known death rate is 2.5 percent.

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