The ACE-2 receptor on our cells is the binding site for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. As a result, the ACE-2 receptor is central to many important questions about coronavirus treatment, a COVID-19 vaccine, and should patients continue taking their ACE inhibitor / ARBs (Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers) medications. Dr. Seheult discusses the controversy about some of these questions and illustrates the pathway involved with the ACE-2 receptor.
How can You protect Yourself?
Practice the following:
1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds (use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available).
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
4. Stay home when you are sick.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
6. Standard household cleansers and wipes are effective in cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
6. It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting vaccinated, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.