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Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Info to a patient

Mohamed Basha
RN CMC Founder and CEO of TLC Nursing Association
Updated November 22, 2023
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Healthcare workers are working tirelessly to treat and prevent COVID-19. They also have the responsibility to make their patients aware of the current situation of the pandemic. They must understand how important it is to avoid spreading the virus to others. TLC’s RNs, LPNs, LNAs, CNAs, are trying their best to deal with the current situation responsibly. During these challenging times, they thrive to provide the same quality of services and care to our patients.
However, most COVID-19 patients are under a lot of stress and anxiety about the unknown of this disease process. You can’t be sure how they will react to any information about COVID-19. Your job is not to make them panic but sensibly understand their condition. Here are the things you should, and you shouldn’t mention in front of a coronavirus patient.

1. If your patient has fears about dying from COVID-19, you can reassure them by informing them of the relatively low mortality rate is. You can also give examples of patients who have recovered from coronavirus and have returned to their normal health status.
2. When people are sick, they want to be around their loved ones. Unfortunately, COVID-19 patients should self-isolate from their family and friends. Being in isolation can cause irritability and even depression. Explain to your patients how important self-isolation is during the current situations. However, you can tell them to call or facetime with their loved ones so that they feel better.
3. Clear any misconceptions they have regarding coronavirus. We just mentioned some of the common myths above.

1. Don’t provide any false information to your patients about the coronavirus.
2. Don’t give them false hopes that the virus will eradicate during hot summers.
3. Avoid providing a lot of information at once. Breaking down the information to their level of understanding would be better understood by them than providing all the information at once.

Clear all the Misconceptions Regarding Coronavirus
As we are living in the age of misinformation, people have a lot of misconceptions about the novel Coronavirus. The internet is full of false facts regarding COVID-19. Unfortunately, people forward every piece of information without checking the facts.
As health care workers, it is our responsibility to bust all the myths surrounding this disease. Staff at TLC HomeCare should be well-versed about all the necessary information surrounding the novel coronavirus. TLC HomeCare will continue to educate and update our staff and patients to ensure none of them have any false concept regarding the virus. Here are some of the most common myths many people believe to be true.
1. Coronavirus cannot survive temperatures above 30C
This is one of the most common misconceptions about coronavirus. To make matters worse, thousands of people believed it to be true at first. Coronavirus only requires a host cell to survive.
2. Thermal scanners are effective at detecting coronavirus
Thermal scanners cannot detect if a person has coronavirus. Thermal scanners only detect the body temperature of the person. It is helpful to detect people with high fever, which is a symptom of coronavirus. A general precautionary measure is to prevent people with high-grade fevers from entering public places as symptomatic people can spread the virus faster than asymptomatic people.
3. You can sue UV disinfection lamps to kill coronavirus
You shouldn’t use a UV disinfecting lamp to sanitize your hands and other parts of your body. Currently, there is no scientific proof that Coronavirus is affected by UV rays. Rather, UV rays can cause irritability to your skin.
4. Eating raw garlic and onion can cure coronavirus
Onion and garlic have good antibacterial properties. They are also good for boosting immunity. However, there is no scientific theory suggesting that these foods can cure coronavirus. It is good to eat as many healthy foods as you can to keep your immune system strong. However, don’t expect any healthy foods to destroy coronavirus in your body.
5. Drinking alcohol can cure coronavirus
Good disinfectants have 70% ethyl alcohol. But it clearly doesn’t mean that consuming any alcohol drink can kill the virus inside your body. Increased drinking can further cause health problems.