More answers to your COVID-19 questions

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton discusses if it’s safe to spend time with family if you’ve shown no symptoms and if wearing a mask when going for a walk is recommended.
3:10 | 04/08/20

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Transcript for More answers to your COVID-19 questions
Time now for some answers to so many of your great questions that continue to come in. About this coded nineteen outbreak in we have doctor Jan Ashton has always. Here to answer those questions to doctor Jan I'll begin with the first one they asked I have been self quarantine at my apartment. For fourteen days only outside solo with zero symptoms. Is it safe to spend time with my parents do my laundry at their house and go food shopping for them. Big question for a lot of people. Absolutely and they're doing the right thing they're self quarantining they're staying away social distancing but here's the issue. If that person just went from their home. To visit their parents the risk would be exceedingly low I would say that I would call that as safe as possible and the setting of this pandemic. But if they go run an errand for their parents if they go food shopping for their parents. Then of course even with these protective measures face covering hand washing six feet apart it set Iraq. It's still possible that eight could be exposed. And then if they keep doing this that going to visit their parents expose their parents so it's as low risk is it could be but it's not zero once they start. Running errands to all right. Next question I had the pneumonia vaccine probably five or six years ago. And you only to have it once is far Sino. Will that help prevent pneumonia should I contract corona virus would it help to make an ammonia less as if I didn't have it. Yet this was one of the best questions I've been getting Amy so what this person's asking about is that. New look Koppel vaccine is called Newman backs there are two of them that are recommended for all adults over the age of 65. It prevents a certain type of bacterial pneumonia. It's not active against the viral pneumonia that this new strain of corona virus causes. And it's not yet known whether someone who's had that vaccine has a lower chance of getting a secondary. Bacterial pneumonia if they get infected with code at nineteen so. Too early to tell but that vaccine is really really important to lower someone's risk of this community acquired pneumonia the next question. I have seen a diagram that shows how far back to slob goes through the nasal cavity. And if it doesn't reach far enough back it can be falsely negative. I have a deviated set them and wondering if I were to have to be tested we'll having a deviated septa and cause problems. Well first of all it it's unclear but a deviated septa can make it more difficult to get all the way back there Amy I'm a mean that's Swaby has to go pretty much. Almost to hear. You know it's pretty deep it's not just in the lower part of the nose but there are oral. For in jail slobs that can also be done we don't know the difference in the accuracy. And we also don't know when is the best time to test someone with a nasal swab in the course of when they have symptoms so all of that. Is still being a lucid dated but certainly deviate its Upton is pretty common. All right doctor Jan hashed and always with. Correcting great answers for all of us you can submit your questions to doctor Ashton on her ins to Graham at doctored.

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