Coronavirus Briefing – Dr Dung Trinh, Chief Medical Officer Irvine Clinical Research

The battle for health and safety in the United States is taking drastic shape, and rightfully so, today and going forward.  Lockdown, social distance strategies are the proven measures for success.  It’s a new day and a new dawn for our country.

Dr. Dung Dr. Trinh, Chief Medical Officer, Irvine Clinical Research, spoke at the Barnabas Group breakfast event this morning. I found the information to be extremely educational for understanding the crazy events we are experiencing in the US today.

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INFLUENZA (flu) Vs. Corona Virus COVID 19

A person who contracts the flu is likely to infect 1.3 others individuals. Approximately 30 Million people are infected with the flu every year with a 1% hospital rate and a .1% death rate. That’s .001 or 1 in 1000.

Korea is the current standard for effective testing statistics because approximately 200,000 Koreans have been tested. The United States has tested a total of 15,000.

A person with Corona Virus typically infects three other individuals. The Death rate in Korea is .6%. In Italy where systems and processes are far less effective the death rate is 6%.

The hospitalization rate for Corona Virus is approximately 20%. Approximately 25% of hospitalized patients require Intensive care.

The Virus can live for three days outside of the body. That means you could go to the gym and contract the virus from someone that was using the gym equipment three days ago. Wash your hands before you leave the gym. Washing your hands frequently will stop the germs from spreading. Avoid touching your nose or face.

Corona Virus carriers can be asymptomatic for up to 14 days. That means that they will have no symptoms and not know that they are a carrier for up to 14 days, making spreading the infection far more likely.

The United States is now beyond containment and in the mitigation phase.


Social distancing is the current best solution for mitigating the spread of the virus. A sneeze travels approximately 6 feet hence the recommended safety distance is 6 feet. Avoid groups larger than 10 individuals.

Effective hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.

Use a mask if sick or caring for sick people.

Boost your immune system with vitamins C, D3 and Zinc

Without drastic social distancing measures, there are not enough hospital beds to cover the potential volume. This is the basis for shutting down virtually any gathering. China built two hospitals in two weeks to address the epidemic.


Symptoms begin with a dry cough. (The flu systems usually begin with a wet cough). Fever symptoms are displayed in 6-7 days. Shortness of breath and breathing issues occur around day 8 or 9. Breathing issues are the primary cause for hospitalization.


Approximately 7000 Chinese cases were reported in January 2020. The number of new cases is apparently now declining in Wuhan. The effort in the U.S. may not be as strenuous because we can apply prior learning but our lack of testing capability is challenging this assumption.


Humans have been dealing with issues like this since the beginning of time. Life doesn’t end.

We’ll get through this,


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