Schools experiencing noticeable uptick in COVID-19 cases

Dr. Jen Ashton answers questions about vaccine testing, schools reopening and more.
2:34 | 09/18/20

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All right, we move on now to Dr. Jen Ashton with today's medical questions. First question for you, are covid-19 vaccines tested on all age groups, do we know the recommended ages the vaccines will be for? Such an important question. At this time, the modern vaccine developing here in conjunction with nih in the U.S., looking at adults at 18 and over. Including adults over 65, a highly vulnerable group for covid-19. HHS just announcing they're going to move that lower limit back to include 16 years of age and up, but this is an important question, because when this vaccine is approved -- when, not if -- it needs to be safe and tested in all age groups, so the clinical trials are where a lot of that is occurring. All right, good to know. Next question in some of the country, we are a few weeks into school, has there been a noticeable uptick in cases among students? Unfortunately, there has. Florida is a great example of this. According to the Florida department of health, there have been over 10,000 children under the age of 18 confirmed covid positive since they reopened since about the middle of August, now it doesn't say whether they were virtual or hybrid, or all remote, or all in person. It doesn't really tell us where they were infected. We've seen this at the collegiate level, we've seen this regionally, various states throughout the country, this is what public health officials are concerned about. As people go indoors, this virus is more readily transmissable. We'll be watching this. Good news, though, there is a tracking site that has been developed by a theater teacher actually in Kansas, that the national education association is following, but while not completely confirmed at least it's giving us an idea of what's going on state by state. I love that. Next question, should I be concerned if I have a slight cough that's persisted months after my covid-19 diagnosis? Short answer is, yes. We reported here on published data about long covid syndromes affecting the brain the central nervous system, this is a respiratory virus. So it shouldn't be a surprise that there could be long-term pulmonary consequences. It's very important for people to understand in medicine, you can have more than one thing going on at a time. If your symptoms are persisting, getting worse not better, they should be medically evaluated. Okay, Dr. Jen, thank you so much. You can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her Instagram @drjashton. Coronavirus-related money

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