What To Know About COVID-19 According To Dr. Oz

March 30, 2020
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Dr. Oz dropped by The Morning Drive to dispel rumors and misinformation surrounding COVID-19.

He shared his approach to work from home and helped The Morning Drive's Jason and Corinna identify potential symptoms including red eyes, loss of smell and more.

"The coronavirus comes out of all of your orefaces. It comes out of your mouth, your eyes, your nose; your bottom. All those areas can have symptoms. And so one thing that we want to warn people about is they shouldn't write it off [as nothing] if you have an unexplained event," he said.

Dr. Oz made the distinction that a person with red eyes who suffers from allergies may experience that symptom without any connection to COVID-19.

"A general rule of thumb is nose and eyes is allergies; mouth and down to chest is infection or viruses."Dr. Oz said. "It's a very rough explanation but it's generally what seems to happen."

Loss of smell, he says, tends to show up in about 1/3 of patients who contract the coronavirus.

"We're not sure why. It's a very thin bone in the top of your nose that separates the bottom of the brain, where the olfactory nerve is -- the smelling nerve-- from the rest of the body. So we don't know if that's being irritated or the nerve is directly impacted. We don't know if it is reversible. It's too early to tell."

He explains that this symptom was not immediately noticed from the cases in China because the country mostly reported only on people who were really sick going to the hospital.

"It turns out that most people don't get that sick and go to the hospital. Eighty percent of people can stay home and recover without major intervention," he said.

And according to Dr. Oz, it is that population that has become more vocal about the various symptoms they are experiencing.

Dr. Oz also dispelled the myth that heat will completely get rid of the virus.

[Because of heat] the virus swells...that probably limits how far it goes," Dr. Oz said 

The difference in temperature could cause a cough that may travel up to six feet in cold weather to only travel about two feet in warm weather.

He also delves into the lifespan of the virus on different surfaces.

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