The global incidence of coronavirus infection is rising daily and there is a need to curb the transmission rate using telehealth technology. Public health institutions globally have recommended prevention measures such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and isolation of infected cases to reduce the virus spread.
According to the World Health Organisation, the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths globally are 2,319,066 and 157,970 deaths as of 21st April 2020. The figures in the chart below indicate the steady rise of coronavirus cases within a short timeline.
Ill patients or those with chronic medical conditions still need access to healthcare but visiting a hospital at this time increases their risk of contracting the virus. Therefore, it is critical to use virtual health care through telemedicine technology to screen patients remotely and prioritize hospital care for patients for severe cases.
How does Tele-medicine reduce the risk of coronavirus infection?
Can telemedicine be used to monitor patients who have coronavirus infection?
This article would highlight the various ways telemedicine prevents the spread from coronavirus infection.
HOW TELEHEALTH PREVENTS COVID-19 INFECTION?
Telemedicine protects sick patients and health workers from contracting coronavirus infection.
Telemedicine provides communication channels like chat, audio or video call features ill patients can use to reach a virtual physician to talk about their symptoms instead of presenting physically to a hospital.
The physician uses the severity of the symptoms and other clinical cues to decide if the patient requires hospital-based care.
On the other hand, a doctor can use a patient’s clinical history to remotely make a provisional diagnosis of coronavirus infection using the risk factors and symptom profile presented by the patient.
The hospital receiving this patient would have been informed ahead of time about the critical findings from telehealth consultation before the patient arrives at the hospital.
Thus, the health professionals will take extra precaution while attending to the suspicious coronavirus case.
TELEHEALTH TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS TO COVID 19 INFECTED PATIENTS
A few cases of Covid-19 infected patients can receive home treatment for those with mild symptoms and without chronic medical conditions like Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which can affect disease progression. Also, doctors can virtually evaluate and monitor these infected patients to ascertain those that need urgent hospital care.
In conclusion, telehealth technology fosters virtual health care that curtails the transmission of coronavirus infection thereby protecting both sick patients and health care workers. Patients with mild coronavirus infection can receive clinical counsel and
care remotely through a team of selected virtual health professionals.
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