Webinar

Information about our Webinars around COVID-19
June 04, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), IMANE, AAPI and COVID-19 Tamil Task Team presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call  for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals

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May 31, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ) and COVID-19 Tamil Task Team presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

  • Global Meeting URL –  https://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • Dial In Numbers 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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May 28, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 Tamil Task Team and Indian Medical Association of New England presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals

  • Global Meeting URL –  https://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • Dial In Numbers 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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May 24, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ) and COVID-19 Tamil Task Team presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

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May 21, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 Tamil Task Team and Indian Medical Association of New England presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals

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May 17, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ) and COVID-19 Tamil Task Team presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

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May 14, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 Tamil Task Team and Indian Medical Association of New England presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Professionals

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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May 10, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 Tamil Task Team and Catskills American Association of Physician of Indian Origin presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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May 3, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), Tamil Jersey & COVID-19 TamilTaskTeam presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Professionals

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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April 30, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 TamilTaskTeam & Indian Medical Association of New England presents
COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Professionals

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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April 26, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), & COVID-19 TamilTaskTeam presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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April 19, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), Tamil Jersey & COVID-19 TamilTaskTeam presents
COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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April 17, 2020 - ATMA (NY/NJ), COVID-19 TamilTaskTeam and Indian Medical Association of New England presents
COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

  • Global Meeting URL – http://join.startmeeting.com/ATMANJNY
  • 602-609-9920 (No PIN required)
  • If you have difficultie with the above #, please dial the number 209-399-9069, and when prompted dial 602-609-9920

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April 12, 2020 - ATMA NY/NJ presents

COVID-19 Awareness Conference Call

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April 9, 2020 - ATMA NY/NJ, NJ Telugu Association & COVID-19 Tamil Task Team present

April 7, 2020 - ATMA NY/NJ & Dallas Metroplex Tamil Sangam present

Awareness Conference Call on COVID-19

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April 5, 2020 - Dallas Metroplex Tamil Sangam & ATMA NY/NJ present
Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Professionals

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March 31, 2020 - American Tamil Medical Association (ATMA) NJ-NY Chapter
Awareness Conference Call for Physicians and Professionals

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March 29, 2020 - American Tamil Medical Association (ATMA) NJ-NY Chapter

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March 29, 2020 - Immigration - Facebook live

March 22, 2020 - American Tamil Medical Association (ATMA) NJ-NY Chapter

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Discussions / Questions from webinars

1. A child with leukemia and who is on remission now. What extra care should they take so that they will not be infected with COVID19?

 

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer. Prevention is the most important thing for immuno-compromised patients like this. The preventive measures would be same as anyone but still more aggressively. If they have any blood test to be done instead of going to a hospital they can prefer to go to peripheral lab or any therapy due that can be withheld time being after discussing the treating doctor or have a telephonic/ video conference consultation. – Dr. Ashok kumar

 

  1. Can we open the windows?

You can open the windows for sure. In fact air circulation and well ventilated area can remove the virus. But if you reside in a polluted area or the window towards the road side exposed to the traffic then opening a window is not advised. – Dr. Deeptha Nedunchezian

  1. Will the salt water gargling prevent the viral infection?

Salt water has no activity against viral infection as virus usually is absorbed through mucous membrane of nose or mouth. – Dr. Deeptha Nedunchezian

  1. Does the face mask protect from COVID 19?

Face mask acts just as a barrier between the droplets from air or from a patient who is positive for COVID 19 and our mucous membrane. It has no role in viral infection. COVID19 spreads when you touch a surface infected with the virus and then touch your mouth, nose, eyes with the same hands without washing. Therefore though you wear mask, Hand washing should be practiced and keep distance from the people who are coughing. – Dr. Deeptha Nedunchezian

  1. When should I go for a corona virus test? Am I safe if I don’t have fever?

You no need to get tested if you don’t have any symptoms. If you have fever > 101, 102 degree Fahrenheit for 3 days or severe body aches you will be probably assumed as corona virus positive. Call the hotline number or your Physician office who will guide you either by prescribing you Influenza treatment or with Azithromycin (which is under trial) and suggest you to stay home for at least 14 days. – Dr. Deeptha Nedunchezian

 

  1. I have cold and cough fot more than 2 weeks but no fever or shortness of breath. I tried all home remedies still no relief. Should I go for COVID 19 test?

With cold and cough for more than 2 weeks if it is a COVID 19 infection it should have progressed by now. Within an average of 7-8 days breathless develops and by about 10th day it progresses. Low grade fever may be present but around 40% of patients present with no fever. So with cold and dry cough without other symptoms, it could be something else like allergy in which running nose persists for > 2 weeks. So right now no need to test for COVID 19. But keep an eye and watch for symptoms.

Patients usually can present with fever alone, short of breath alone, or both together. The symptoms in general start around 5-6 days, either or both may persist for nearly 4-5 days. Then it may slowly resolve or progress in some cases if you have any underlying problem. So on an average all the symptoms resolve on 10-12 days. – Dr. Ashok, Dr. Deeptha.

  1. The precautions to be taken by a patient with Bronchial Asthma to prevent corona virus infection?

There are chances of developing more or severe symptoms of COVID 19 infection for a patient with Bronchial Asthma compared to a normal person. But the precautionary measures are almost the same for everyone like hand washing, social distancing etc…they have to continue the asthma treatment as usual prescribed by their physician. They will not be affected by COVID 19 differently.- Dr Ashok, Dr. Deeptha.

  1. Do South Indian males between 18-49 yr of age group affected with COVID 19 who have cardiac issues have higher mortality?

There is no clear data regarding the ethnicity and gender showing that 18-49 yr age grouped South Indian males have higher mortality rate. But the people with risk factors like high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease are more prone to have serious consequences of the infection and not in getting the COVID 19 infection. So they have to follow the same preventive care. Slightly more predominance  is seen in older male as they have associated coronary artery disease. – Dr. Preethi.

  1. Why Italy has higher mortality rate? Is it a different strain?

We do not know if it’s a different strain. The mortality rate in Italy is high because of a many factors, some of which are listed below –

  • During the first week the Italians didn’t put in the effective planning and preventive measures in action
  • Even though the medical care in big cities is good, in the smaller areas it is not
  • Italy has one of the oldest community in the Europe. Higher percentage of older people are in Italy who are more prone to the infection
  • Isolation was not put in place there was much of people movement
  • For a small country they did not have enough ventilators and ICU beds
  • Some speculation says that there may be chances of the virus becoming more potent as it moved from China to Italy, or USA where many younger people are infected. At this point we don’t have any proof for the same, but as the testing phase is ongoing researchers may isolate and study the gene to find if any new strain has emerged – Dr.Preethi 
  1. How to manage a patient Supra ventricular tachycardia (cardiac patient)?

Pre existing arrthymia putting the patient to increased risk of developing the infection is not yet proven. But a case series in 138 hospitalized COVID 19 patients showed that-

  • 17 % – develop Arrhythmia( type is not very clear, more in sick patients
  • 7% – develop acute cardiac injury
  • 3% – develop myocarditis
  • Overall case fatatlity rate : 2-3%
  • Hypetension -6%
  • Diabetes mellitus – 7.3%
  • Cardiovascular disease – 10.5%

High sensitivity Troponin C assays show elevation in COVID 19 patients, significantly elevated in severe versus non severe COVID disease.

Direct myocardial damage seems to be more likely than acute coronary syndrome though it’s not clear why it happens.

Current recommendation from American College of Cardiology is to diagnose Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) by clinically, EKG changes, biomarkers (Troponin C) elevation and Echocardiographic abnormalities.

In a patient with ACS and concomitant COVID 19 infection physicians are weighing the risk versus benefits between Fibrinolysis and Per Cutaneous Intervention (PCI). In China they are highly recommending fibrinolysis instead of taking a patient to cathlab for PCI.

The portal of entry of corona virus into the human cell is through a receptor called ACE-II. In some animal studies it has been showed that certain group of medications (ACEI, ARB) increase the level of these receptors in the heart cell. So many physicians are concerned to prescribe these medications like Lisinopril, Losartan that are used for hypertension, heart failure. Other medications in controversy is Statins used for high cholesterol. But the American College of Cardiology suggest to continue as there are no proven studies in human race. – Dr. Preethi

  1. Is there any risk of getting pregnant for a known immunocompromised patient during this COVID 19 phase? If yes what precautions we can take?

No specific statistics for pregnancy and COVID 19 till now. Nobody has delivered the baby with corona virus infection. Regular high fever or any viral infection during pregnancy do cause prematurity and still birth. First trimester viral infections can lead to congenital problems. So we are treating COVID 19 as any other viral infection. If possible wait and plan for not having pregnancy. But if go for it, the first three months of pregnancy they need to be more cautious so that they won’t get exposed to corona virus like any other person. – Dr. Deeptha