Transcript for COVID Q&A: When can we stop wearing masks?
Dr. Jen Ashton is joining us now with a new whole crop of your coronavirus questions. Welcome, Dr. Jen. First question, what is the youngest age kids need to wear masks and why? Well, according to the CDC, Amy, they see children over the age of 2 are old enough to safely participate in this new behavior from a public health standpoint. And I think any parent knows who's tried to toilet-train a child they can learn anything, but it does take time and patience and again, we have seen evidence that this virus does not leap over this pediatric age group, they might less susceptible to getting severely ill but they absolutely can and are getting infected. They need to participate also. Next question, New York's infection rates have remained low, at what point is it recommended that people stop wearing masks? That's unfortunately not being discussed yet. The question marks there is perhaps when there's a vaccine, perhaps when if there's ever herd immunity. But when people rejoice in this accomplishment, which is significant, it's important to remember the virus does not stop at state lines. So this is contingent upon aggressive doubling down on that important behavior, hand hygiene, distancing and mask wearing all of them at the same time. We're still on fire in many parts in the country. We're not yet at the point where we can say we can take the mask off. All right, next question, does handwashing and then using sanitizer immediately after have an increased effect on killing the virus? Should we all be doing the both. The name of the game is just clean your hands. Soap and water is best. If you access to a sink not only because the soap disrupts the virus membrane, but the vigorous manipulation of that viral particle. If you don't have a sink available, hand sanitizer is best. We can't sterilize ourselves. We're not going in to perform Important distinction there. All right Dr. Jen, thank you so much. And you can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. The topic on everyone's
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