dangolka (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. When you have a query for Dr. Mallika, e mail her or message her on Fb or Twitter.
Dr. Mallika is providing her finest recommendation, however as at all times, seek the advice of your private physician earlier than making any selections about your private well being.
Carla writes, “For many years now society has existed with different viruses transmitted by way of the air. All this time we’ve not worn masks for colds, measles, the flu, or chickenpox. Coronavirus isn’t new. Why is all the things now turned the other way up for a typical airborne virus?”
For a number of causes. This coronavirus is new and our immune methods weren’t ready for it. We’ve vaccines for a few of the diseases you talked about just like the flu, measles, and chickenpox which assist defend us and forestall widespread transmission. Plus, this virus is especially poisonous, not solely doubtlessly lethal, however it could actually trigger long-term incapacity in lots of sufferers.
Francine on Fb says her brother has coronary heart issues and lives in a rooming home. He examined optimistic for COVID. She needs to know whether it is secure to deliver him again to her home to remain.
He ought to stay in isolation for not less than 10 days after he developed signs and for not less than 24 hours after his fever resolves. When you take him into your private home whereas he’s nonetheless contagious, you’ll must maintain your distance, put on masks everytime you’re in the identical neighborhood and disinfect regularly.
Ricky asks on Fb if it’s secure to go to his native well being middle to get a flu shot now.
Sure, that is the time to do it. Well being facilities and pharmacies are holding their sufferers and shoppers secure. Simply ensure you maintain your masks on and comply with their protocols and procedures.
One other query from Fb. Cynthia writes, “Is having a saxophone participant plus singers carry out at my 50th birthday yard celebration secure?”
When somebody performs a sax, they will’t put on a masks, and singers who’re performing sometimes don’t put on masks. So if any of them are contaminated, they could possibly be propelling the virus out into the environment. Being exterior helps, however you would want to maintain a good way away. In any other case, perhaps you possibly can have a string quartet, or a piano participant, or a DJ as an alternative.