COVID Q&A: Staying in hotels, school safety

Dr. Jen Ashton answers more viewer questions about the coronavirus.
2:53 | 08/04/20

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with a big question facing viewers when it comes to summer travel in this pandemic. We're asking you questions about our travel all the time behind the scenes, so here's our first viewer question, what advice would you give to someone who may have to travel cross country and needs to make use of hotels? Well, I'm not a travel consultant, I'm a doctor. But from a medical standpoint, this is where people really want to double down on those npis, nonpharmaceutical interventions, so again, masks, distancing, hand hygiene, limit your contact, your close contact with people and, if possible, I know it's hard in the heat of the summer, open those windows in the hotel room. Next question, since there's a possibility of multiple vaccines going into production, would it be beneficial to get more than one? Absolutely nothing to suggest that will be recommended right now. Remember, there are usually a different -- different types of vaccine manufacturers out there. We see that with the influenza vaccine. We've seen that with the shingles vaccine. But more is not better. They work differently. There's some evidence that some might need a two-dose regimen, but again, we expect there to be hopefully a couple of winners that cross the finish line and can produce a vaccine. But it went get all of them. Get one. All right, and this next question is a big one looming over so many, if a student or teacher in your child's class tests positive, is it reasonable to keep your child home as well? Absolutely. And here's an important thing -- we just heard this with a news story that hit national news in the last couple of days. If your child is suspected to have covid-19 and gets a test, he or she should remain home until the results of that test come in because, remember, when you go to get tested for a possible contact or exposure, you have to do so with the assumption that you're infected. So, if you have prolonged contact more than 15 minutes, close contact, closer than six feet, you should self-quarantine for 14 days unless you can get a test somewhere in that time period. Okay, know -- next question, should self-isolate if you believe you were in contact with someone who tested positive? Or wait until you display symptoms. Definitely not the latter. Because, again, we think up to 45% of people infected with covid-19 show no symptoms at all. I actually spoke to Dr. Robert Redfield the director of the CDC about that, the concept here is, if you suspect that you have been infected you should try, try to get tested. Again, some basic terminology, quarantine is for people who have been exposed. Isolation is for people who are known to be ill. All right, big distinction there. Dr. Jen, thank you. And you can submit your questions to Dr. Jen on her

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