The Married to Medicine doctors and their significant others have been sharing their thoughts and how they are responding to COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus, on social media.
Dr. Heavenly shared a video of her husband, who is an emergency medicine physician, giving some guidance on how to cope during this difficult time. "I really feel like this is an opportunity to slow down for a second and think about what's really important: our families, our loved ones. For those of us that are physicians, we're obviously thinking about our patients," Dr. Damon said. "This has sort of gripped our country with fear, anxiety, worry. I don't think we have to worry. I think we need to be vigilant. I think we need to do the things that would prevent us from getting illnesses in general, including coronavirus."
Dr. Damon also gave fans "a word of encouragement," sharing his belief that a treatment for coronavirus will be discovered eventually. "I think, in the meantime, we need to do things like, just simple things: Wash your hands. Stay away from crowds. This is probably not a time for travel," he said. "I think we need to try to stay home as much as we can and allow this disease process to run its course and go away, but we can help that."
He also said that he believes prayer can be "powerful." "We can pray about this, we can do the things that we probably should have been doing before, such as spending time with our families. I know even for me, I've been sometimes too busy and working and focusing on other things. But what this has done for me is allow me a chance to just stop and think, think about what's really important," he shared. "If there's somebody out there that you love, tell them you love them, tell them they're important. Not being able to go and do everything that you want to do makes you realize just how important all of that is."
Dr. Damon ended the video by sharing that everyone should be extra vigilant about their health during this time especially those who are over the age of 60 and those already living with medical conditions.
Mariah Huq, whose husband, Dr. Aydin Huq, is an ER doctor, revealed on Instagram that she has asked him to take off his worn scrubs and place them in a hamper in the back of the car before entering the house. "When you're #MarriedtoMedicine in REAL life during an outbreak and your spouse works Frontline in the Emergency Room you have to create Quarantine zones to protect your kids! #NoScrubs in the house!" Mariah captioned a photo of herself showing off the trunk of her car while wearing a face mask. "Sending prayers to all Healthcare workers during this mess! Stay Well."
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends washing your hands frequently, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, practicing respiratory hygiene, seeking medical care early if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, and staying informed and following advice given by your healthcare provider.
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