ersons having comorbidities including obesity, hypertension, diabetes can increase their survival chances by taking precautions and adopting covid related guidelines perfectly and strictly, said Dr Shariq Masoodi, Endocrinologist, SKIMS, Soura, Srinagar.
Endocrinologist, Dr Shariq Masoodi while putting forth his views on the pandemic said that Covid infection is now common among people and majority of the patients recover immediately in home isolation. However, he said that less than two percent of the covid infected patients develop serious complications owing to underlying comorbidities like age factor, obesity, blood sugar, hypertension, cancer or any other disease and some of them may succumb to the infection. Such patients may need critical care including oxygen supply, ventilation and hospitalization.
He maintained that older a person is, more are the chances of getting complicated condition during covid infection.
He also said that vaccination is very important for the people living with any comorbidity and further added that vaccine rarely causes adverse effects.
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“Individuals already suffering from any disease should get vaccinated because it will protect them from further complications in case of getting a covid infection”, he stated.
Dr Shariq said that most of the patients recover at home but it is imperative to monitor pluse rate and oxygen saturation of covid patients with underlying comorbidity disease at home. “If a person has tendency of sugar and has obesity then monitor his sugar level, too”, he said while advising about the supervision if patients in home.
He said that steroids including dexamethasone, hydrocortisone and prednisone are used to treat severe covid patients admitted in the hospitals. While cautioning about self medication he said, “Steroid is not treatment for everyone because it increases sugar in the body”. These medicines are used only for those patients whose oxygen saturation has decreased and have been admitted in the hospital, he clarified. Only physicians shall prescribe steroids when the need arises, he added