Monkeypox, Covid and the mental health Crisis that has always been here, what you need to know.

One on One with Doctor Mike Sevilla

 

 

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1. Is Covid making a return in America?

COVID has never really went away. Yes, in the past few months, it has not made as much news.

But, I can tell you that our office has still been diagnosing and treating cases.

2. Do you think we will return to mask wearing and social distancing?

I do not think that we will return to nationwide mask wearing that we have in the past. As far as

"Mask mandates," you're already seeing some cities and colleges recommending the wearing of

Masks. And, I think as the fall and the winter arrive, I think that some people will return to some

Masks. But, mask wearing will not return to where it was at the beginning of the pandemic.

3. What can Americans do to be safe?

As a physician, I still recommend that people receive the COVID vaccine. And, for those in high

Risk medical groups, I recommend that they receive their COVID booster shots. I also

Recommend Americans get home COVID tests, especially going into the fall and winter seasons,

Where cases may increase again. Early diagnosis and treatment is always important in

Treatment of infections.

4. What is Monkey pox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Symptoms usually

Include a rash that may be located or close to the genital region. However, the rash could be

Located in other places like hands, feet, and chest. Other possible symptoms include fever,

Headache, muscle aches, chills, and sometimes respiratory symptoms like cough.

5. Who is at risk and how can people be safe?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the monkeypox virus is spread mostly through

Close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox. One step to avoid the spread is to

Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. The

CDC website has examples of what the rash looks like. In addition, avoid contact with objects

And materials that a person with monkeypox has used. Also, wash your hands often with soap

And water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face

And after you use the bathroom.

There is no specific treatment for monkeypox virus. If you suspect you may have monkeypox,

Contact your doctor immediately. Even though there is no specific treatment for the virus,

People can be offered fluids if they are dehydrated. Secondary infections can be treated, if

Required. A vaccine does exist for monkeypox, but it is not widely available. Public health

Officials, like state and county health departments, would have more information about the

Availability of the monkeypox virus for their citizens.

6. Is there a mental health crisis in America?

There was a mental health crisis before the pandemic, and now I believe that there is a

Worsening mental health crisis in America, mostly due to the pandemic. It is not getting a lot of

Press these days, because only now are we starting to see the effects of the pandemic on the

Nation’s mental health. However, as time goes on, there will be more medical studies done to

Really measure how serious the mental health problem is in America. In addition, I’m concerned

How the pandemic has affected the mental health of our young people and our oldest citizens.

7. What are your thoughts on how it should be addressed?

Obviously, this is a complicated problem, and it won’t take one solution to fix it. We knew this

Even before the pandemic. I think that one of the first steps is for society to agree that there is

A mental health crisis in America. I think that most people really haven't realized that yet.

Raising awareness is always the first step. I think that raising awareness in communities and

Raising awareness with our elected officials should be the first step in getting toward some kind

Of solutions to try to address the mental health crisis in America.

 

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David Thomas
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