Could we experience another pandemic in our lifetime?

Dr. Jen Ashton responds to the latest viewer questions about COVID-19.
3:03 | 09/11/20

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We turn now to Dr. Jen Ashton who is here for our viewer q&a. Thanks as always for sticking around. Our first question is, how possible is another viral pandemic in our lifetime? What have we learned about handling possible future outbreaks? Amy, I love this question because it's forward thinking and it reflects that intellectual and scientific curiosity that is so important in medicine, which is what have we just been through, what are we going through right now, and how can we learn from this? There's a possibility that we could see another pandemic in our lifetime, no one can run the odds about what kinds of numbers that looks like, you know how likely that is, but the field of emerging of infectious diseases is always tracking that possibility. We've reported on it on "Gma3" before. I think the name of the game is -- not to live in fear but to focus on the facts and the evidence and what we've learned and what we are learning every single day. Yeah, that sounds good. All right, our next question, I read that cities are studying public sewage to identity early outbreaks. How does that work? Do we want to know how that works, Jen? Well, Amy, we've spoken about it on "Gma3" as well. And they're talking about surveillance using waste water because we know that there have been particles of covid-19, or sars cov-2. Detected in urine of infected individuals. So the thinking in various cities and countries are working on this as we speak, this could be a very easy way to do surveillance over large areas, towns, cities, universities, dorm buildings. We have to specify, remember, just because you can detect sars-cov-2 viral particles in feces, urine, sewage water and urine doesn't mean it's contagious, transmisable or infectious that that way. All right, next question, if two people are positive, can they quarantine together or do they have to be separated? That's an interesting question. It's a very interesting question, short answer is, it depends. Are these people who live together? Got infected likely at the same time or from the same person with the same strain? Then, you probably say sure, they can quarantine together. People who just coincidentally who may not live together or that close together and then come together to quarantine or isolate while you're sick may not be the best idea, because we still don't fully know, again, about that reinfection with other strains and so and so forth. So, I know people don't like that answer, but it depends. All right Dr. Jen, we appreciate it. Thank you so much. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. Well, now, to the daughter

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