COVID Q&A: Massage safety, hair loss

Dr. Jen Ashton has answers to your latest questions about the coronavirus.
2:35 | 08/06/20

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Dr. Jen Ashton is here with what you need to know. Answers to your covid questions. We'll start with the first one. Some people thought the warmer summer temperatures would slow down the virus just like the seasonal flu. Why didn't that happen? The short answer is when we make predictions based on seasonal variation and respiratory viruses like influenza we base some on history and some on science. The science, as we know for this virus, is totally new. In terms of history other coronavirus like sars and mers did circulate in 110-degree temperatures in Africa and the Arabian peninsulas. The predictions were just that. A lot of it has to do with the transmissibility of this virus. Some of this has to do with human behavior. As we look forward to the winter, there's a lot of infectious disease specialists who fear with people inside we'll see more cases, not less. We'll not be looking forward to that. We're looking to it. Next question, is getting a massage considered safe if you and the therapist are both wearing masks? This is a hard one, Amy. Who wouldn't want or need a massage right now after everything we've been through? It depends on the definition of safe, both for the activity and you as the individual. You have to remember that setting has a lot of the factors that actually make it a high-risk activity. You have close contact, prolonged contact, indoor environment with poor ventilation. Everyone has to make that decision for themselves. Masks critically important for people to understand. They're important, but they're not the teflon shield. To protect nn someone 100% against this or any virus. That's a very personal decision. It's important to remember all those very important points. Next question, if I had cold-like symptoms and my covid-19 test came back negative should I still isolate from others? I love this question. We can extrapolate this to other infectious diseases as well as circle it back to covid-19. The answer is in general, yes, you should isolate yourself if you're sick with anything, specifically the sars cov-2. These tests can have false negative rates. The CDC recommendations are if you're symptomatic or had a positive test you should isolate yourself ten days from the start of the symptoms regardless of whether the test comes out negative. And/or? Correct. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on Instagram @drjashton. Summer is winding down.

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