More answers to your COVID-19

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton discussed if wearing protective eye wear is necessary to be safe, and if losing taste and smell is considered being asymptomatic.
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Athens and back with us the answer viewers' questions coming in as they always do so our first one. Should I Wear protective eyewear if I have to take public transportation. So many people asking his question it's not an official CDC recommendation for people outside of the health care setting to Wear eye protection. But we talked about last month a report in the lancet journal suggested that even out of a hospital setting people with some kind of eye protection regular classes aura face shield. May be at lower risk of becoming infected. I'm everyone has to decide for themselves whether it's glasses or some kind of shield it depends on the nature and the extent of your particular exposure to our next question are people considered asymptomatic. If they lose their sense of taste and snack okay interesting mini med school fact here first of all signed verses symptom a sign is something that you see. With your eyes a symptom is something that someone's objectively feels the CDC in April added. Loss of smell and taste to the list of symptoms of coated 19 it's a central nervous system affect we definitely have heard about it's been reported in the literature. In May they also added a few others runny nose nausea vomiting diarrhea. We do expect that list to grow but yes if you have one of those things and you think you have been exposed or infected. That is actually considered symptomatic not a symptom and good to know next question my husband had to have emergency surgery. And has been in the hospital for about a week. Should he self isolate from me and our kids when he returns home so this is an interesting question because you have to look at it as we say by direction only first of all hospital may actually be safer. In terms of risk of exposure than the general community. So when you talk about a post op patient after surgery coming home. You probably want a protected that patient when they're in your house so some distancing may be appropriate but you don't really have to worry as much. As the data has reported of that person bringing cope with nineteen into your homes so yes protect the patient the post op patient more than the other people that makes us probably more dangerous to go to the grocery store than this perhaps is the hot Italian Evernote are. Thank you Jack today you know you can submit questions. Did doctor Jan honoring mr. Graham at doctor Jane Ashton.

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