Deadly New Corona Virus HCov-EMC

A new and deadly virus has reared its ugly head causing grave concern among the international health community. hCov-EMC aka Human Coronavirus – Erasmus Medical Center was 1st recognized in mid 2012. This deadly mutated strain of coronavirus is apparently highly lethal – so far 5 of the 11 know victims of this deadly disease have died. This mutated virus is similar to a strain of coronavirus found in bat populations. Unfortunately it appears that this new and deadly virus has made the leap from animals to humans, and even more disturbing, recently a human to human transmission has occurred.

The first recorded victim was identified in June 012 when a 60 year old male appeared in a Jidda Saudi Arabia hospital with flu like symptoms and difficulty breathing. Within a few days of admission to the hospital, this patient died of kidney failure and severe pneumonia. In the past 7 months, 11 more cases have been identified, including one in England in early 2013. This particular case of hCov-EMC was particularly disturbing to international infectious disease researchers and WHO(World Health Organization) because the British victim apparently contracted the new and deadly coronavirus from his father who had recently traveled to the Middle East. The virus’ apparent ability to leap from animal to human then quickly from human to human is very disturbing.

The symptoms of hCov-EMC infection are flu like, including fever, a cough and difficulty breathing, which quickly evolves to severe pneumonia and renal (kidney) failure. Public health official have sounded a warning to the international community advising all medical facilities and doctors to be aware of and to report any unusual respiratory infections. This new coronavirus is similar to SARS(severe acute respiratory syndrome) and possibly even more lethal and more infectious. While the low rate of infection so far indicates that hCov-EMC currently has a low transmission rate – health officials are very concerned that at any moment this deadly new strain of corona virus could further mutate into a highly contagious disease that could rapidly spread person-to-person internationally.

Only time will tell whether or not the hCov-EMC will or will not be our next plague and whether or not we will have developed the right antibiotics to stop it. The increase in the rate of disease transmission from animal to humans continues to alarm the worldwide health community. With the increase in international travel, we continue to see an increase in the mutation and spread of human to animal diseases(zoonoses) that originate in remote areas of the world (where close human/animal contact occurs more frequently). At any moment one of these new and deadly disease could trigger a deadly international plague. It is imperative that we are alert and prepared to confront what appears to be the inevitable.

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Canine Corona Virus – Symptoms and Treatment of the Corona Virus in Dogs

Canine Corona Virus
Corona Virus in dogs affects the intestines and can cause intense diarrhea leading to dehydration. It is transmitted through contact with infected feces and can be passed from dog to dog when they are sniffing one another or playing. A dog infected with the disease will usually show symptoms within days, though it can also transmit the disease for months after symptoms have disappeared. Dogs with weakened immune systems, younger dogs and unvaccinated dogs are particularly susceptible.

Corona virus lives in the lining of your dog’s intestines, so the main symptom is diarrhea. Unlike diarrhea due to the ingestion of some foreign object, the resultant diarrhea dogs is foul-smelling, watery and yellow-orange in color. In some cases the diarrhea might also contain blood, though this is usually a symptom of a similar, but more serious condition called parvo. Corona virus usually appears within two to five days of exposure and lasts two to ten days. It can lead to intense dehydration, so be careful to monitor your dog’s condition and insure it gets enough fluids. Other possible symptoms of corona virus include loss of appetite, depression, nausea, and vomiting. It is also possible for your dog to have corona virus and not exhibit any symptoms.

Since dehydration is the main risk in canine corona virus, getting your dog enough fluids is the big challenge. A veterinarian will likely inject fluids under the skin or use an intravenous drip for this purpose. After your dog has recovered, give it bland foods and small amounts of water or Nupro Custom Electrolyte.

Since this is a virus, antibiotics will not eradicate it. While this virus in dogs is rarely fatal, it is possible for it to pass from the small intestine to other parts of the body such as the liver and lungs. Secondary bacterial infections may arise so your veterinarian might also administer antibiotics. A vaccine is available to help prevent your dog from being infected in the first place. Talk to your veterinarian about whether your dog would benefit from a vaccine.

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4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.

I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.

So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.

What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?

While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.

As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.

1. Be a first-class Listener

To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.

2. Be a Better Communicator

Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.

3. Have a Vision For Your Agency

A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.

4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate

As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.

A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.

Being a great leader will not happen overnight but by simply doing these 4 things you can start to learn a lot about yourself and what good leaders do to be successful. You’ll find what works well for you and what else you need to learn to continue your growth as a great leader. If you enjoyed reading about leadership, then let me encourage you to check out the different online leadership programs on this site.

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