Created: March 18, 2020 06:53 PM
ROSWELL, N.M. - Dr. Masoud Khorsand is urging Roswell residents to prepare for COVID-19 before it's too late.
“We may end up in a place like Italy, that there would be martial law or at least curfew if we don’t practice social distancing,” said CEO and Dr. of Kymera Independent Physicians, Masoud Khorsand. “This is serious and their life over the next 8 to 10 weeks will be dependent on how serious they take this."
With COVID-19 spreading rapidly across the nation, Dr. Khorsand said he and his staff are taking no chances. He worries the virus has hit the city of Roswell already.
“We haven’t screened enough patients in this area, we haven’t caught them on time; so if you don’t catch them, every one person becomes 8 infected in just one week. By next week, we have 64 infected. Third week? Multiply by 8, it’s about 500 people infected,” Dr. Khorsand said.
“I talked to the people and most of them think this is just like a flu,” he said. “They don’t understand that this can take maybe 20 to 40 million lives and last year the flu only took 40,000 lives."
Dr. Khorsand said no one is exempt from COVID-19, and wants Roswell residents to be aware.
“Not all of them are old, or have chronic diseases,” he said. “A certain percentage of younger people, especially between 30 and 60 are still at risk of death, so that is important and it needs to be taken seriously.”
“I think over the next 6 to 8 weeks, people in Roswell need to be careful in gas stations, supermarkets or any public place. They need to clean their hands before and after they enter those public places,” Dr. Khorsand said. “If we are compliant with recommendations of healthcare authorities like South Koreans were, we might be able to control it within 2 or 3 weeks -- it’s that simple."
Health officials said to get tested only if you’re experiencing serious symptoms, such as: a cough, a fever or shortness of breath. By doing this, officials believe it will ease the load of samples at health centers.
COVID-19 screenings will take place at the Wool Bowl in Roswell, Thursday from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Free of charge.
For updated COVID-19 information on city closures, click here.
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