COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a group of virus- coronavirus. The disease causes a respiratory illness with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, difficulty in breathing. This recent outbreak has rattled the population all over the world and controlled measure is an absolute necessity to contain the disease.
Objective: Determining doctors' perception on how to manage the current outbreak of COVID-19.
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A total of 262 doctors participated in the survey - General practitioners (44%), Dentists (12%), Pulmonologists/Chest Specialists (8%), Ayurvedic Doctors (5%) and Others (31%)
Our study reveals, that most doctors ask people to home quarantine, to prevent unnecessary contact and self-monitor twice daily. It is also stated that the most common symptoms seen in the case of COVID-19 are Low-grade fever, Cough, malaise, rhinorrhea, sore throat without shortness of breath. It has also been observed that people aged above 60, and people with high cardiovascular diseases are more prone to get infected. In the survey doctors also stated patients can be discharged when both the samples taken 48 hours apart result negative.
Therefore, doctors can play a fundamental role in educating people about the importance of safety practices to be followed during COVID-19. This will help in containing the disease from spreading.