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COVID-19: Is there a doctor in the house?

Account Supervisor Sande Snead and Pulsar founder Alberto Gonzalez spoke with Dr. Stanley Ng– Pulsar Advertising Partner and Healthcare Marketing Strategist– about the coronavirus in New York City. He has been treating around 30 geriatric patients via telemedicine at his private practice in Chinatown. At the time of this video interview, about half of his patients were tested positive for COVID-19 and 4 had died.

Because of his experience working in emergency and internal medicine, Dr. Ng would like to volunteer in a New York hospital. However, he worries about his son’s lung condition and doesn’t want to bring the virus home.

Recently we’ve seen young people break social distancing rules to go out with friends. Dr. Ng notes that Americans have a strong sense of individualism and worries that these young people are only thinking about themselves.

Dr. Ng shared that there are “trailer morgues” all around New York City. There are too many bodies for funeral homes and cemeteries to handle, so the process is backed up. When asked about the effectiveness of the messaging surrounding the coronavirus, Dr. Ng said if people knew more about this side of the virus, they might take social distancing orders more seriously.

One of Dr. Ng’s biggest pieces of advice to stay safe is to wear a mask. The only thing more important than wearing a mask is keeping it on.

Dr. Ng advises to wash your hands, put the mask on over your mouth and nose, and then don’t touch it. Constantly adjusting the mask or pulling it off and on can compromise the integrity of the mask. When it’s time to take the mask off, wash your hands first, then use the straps by your ears to remove it.

If you are biking or running, Dr. Ng says you should wear a mask even if you think you’ll be in an isolated area. He also shares some theories about how far you should stay behind other people when walking, biking, and running.

If you start to develop any symptoms, especially serious breathing problems, Dr. Ng says you shouldn’t wait too long to seek medical attention. Many people choose not to go to the hospital even when advised to do so by their doctors because they think they will get better on their own. However, the virus might get worse and it could be too late for doctors to help.

The Pulsar team applauds Dr. Stanley Ng for his commitment to his patients while keeping himself, his family, and his staff healthy. We hope everyone is staying safe and doing their part to help reduce the spread.