COVID Q&A: Do young kids need masks?

Answers to questions about COVID-19 therapeutics, disinfectants and more with Dr. Jen Ashton.
2:37 | 08/07/20

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Transcript for COVID Q&A: Do young kids need masks?
Our favorite chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton also here with us on this Friday. First question, Dr. Jen, I keep hearing people say that the younger kids, under grade 3, don't need masks because they are less susceptible to the virus, is that true? Okay, first of all, I'm glad this person asked the question. We can't go by what people say, we have to go by the scientific data as it comes in day by day, the short answer is no, that's not true, we have to distinguish with kids become infected and children becoming symptomatic and then their risk of spreading that virus to others. Yes, there's some data to suggest that younger child become symptomatic affected less but that doesn't mean they can stop wearing masks. Absolutely an important question. They need to wear masks over age 2. A very simple, easy and direct answer to that question. Next question, what's the latest on the development and discovery of covid-19 therapeutics? Really important to focus not just on prevention, but treatment, and there are hundreds and hundreds of trials and drugs in development to address covid-19. Basically, they fall out into two categories -- treatments or drugs that affect -- that address the infection caused by the virus and then those that address the secondary effect of inflammation. So the good news is, a lot of things being studied right now and a lot of clinical trials in progress. Not just in the U.S. But worldwide. So hopefully a lot of options if you do get sick soon. Next question, is it helpful to carry disinfectant with you to spray on door handles, handrails, et cetera, in public before you touch them? It's almost like this person has been in a taxi with me in the last several months where I'm cleaning the walls of the taxi. Not really helpful likely to the person, to you, who's doing that cleaning because most disinfectants require a certain amount of contact time, which could be in sometimes minutes before they kill any pathogens on the surface. Maybe helpful for the people that come after you. We have to remember the major route of transmission of this virus is thought to be through the air not via contact. So keep your hands clean. But for your own protection probably not doing a lot of good there. Okay, thank you very much, Dr. Jen. And you can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. We mentioned it's Friday.

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