Who can avoid infection with coronavirus and how immunity to the disease appears, the epidemiologist told in the project “Ask the Doctor”. On the air, the chairman of the board of the All-Ukrainian Union of Public Organizations “Ukrainian Sanitary and Epidemiological Union” and Honored Doctor of Ukraine Lyudmila Mukharskaya answered questions from spectators who are preparing for vaccination and want to protect their health.
The doctor, in particular, said that people who have suffered from COVID-19 in a more severe form are protected from re-infection for a long time.
– Those who have had a complex course of the disease have a greater number of antibodies to the virus. But this is individual: I am an example of this, because 3 months ago I had a harder illness than my husband, and he had fewer antibodies. Today their number has leveled off, but there is still protection. Who wants to understand the situation – it is worth doing tests for antibodies, – said Mukharskaya.
According to the expert, scientists have not yet determined how many months a person is protected from COVID-19 thanks to vaccination. However, viewers who have elderly parents, even at the age of 90+, were advised to immediately enroll them in the vaccination queue – such as those who belong to the priority group. Concerning children vaccination against COVID-19, the doctor said that it is not yet time for it.
‒ Not a single vaccine, approved for use in medical practice, has passed the third phase of research on children. However, if vaccine manufacturers continue these studies, there may be vaccinations later.
The guest of the “Ask the Doctor” project advised not to bring down the fever in case of a viral disease, if it rose no higher than 38 degrees. Because it is under this condition that antibodies are produced and the body’s immune defense appears. And she told how to use an antiseptic correctly so that it really worked.
– The virus does not live long on hands and surfaces. But in order to carry out disinfection, it must be done correctly. If a person takes an antiseptic and just sprinkles it on his hand, there is no guarantee that the virus will die. Pour 3 milliliters of antiseptic into your palm and wipe your hands for 30-40 seconds, performing six movements. In a similar way, the surgeon treats his hands before entering the operating room.
Lyudmila Mukharskaya is the seventeenth expert of the “Ask a Doctor” project. Earlier, the Doctor of Medical Sciences, professor, rector of the National Medical University named after V.I. A. Bogomolets Yuri Kuchin; heart surgeon, director of the Heart Institute, professor Boris Todurov; Doctor of Medical Sciences, Head of the Department of Respiratory and Other Viral Infections, Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases named after L.V. Gromashevsky Alla Mironenko and other leading experts told about treatment and prevention from COVID-19.
“More than three and a half million people have already watched the“ Ask a Doctor ”project, and the interest in online meetings with the country’s leading doctors is constantly growing. Many authoritative physicians acted as experts: anesthesiologists, epidemiologists, therapists and pediatricians. During the four months of the project’s existence, doctors spoke in detail about the symptoms of coronavirus, methods of treating this disease and post-Covid rehabilitation,” says Yulia Ershova, Communications Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.
The online “Ask a Doctor” project is being implemented within the framework of the “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” program. Live broadcasts can be viewed on the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s Facebook page, as well as on the YouTube page. During the broadcast, leading medical professionals talk about key issues in the prevention of COVID-19. The “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives” program is implementing an extremely important project “Combating COVID-19 in Ukraine”. It is the largest, most systematic and ambitious private initiative aimed at helping public health facilities in the fight against coronavirus. Within the framework of the project, more than 200,000 units of personal protective equipment and consumables, 337,000 express tests and more than 200 state-of-the-art ventilators were donated.