Dr. Todd Ellerin: Best to ‘keep Thanksgiving within own household’

ABC News Contributor Dr. Todd Ellerin discusses Thanksgiving precautions and the promising drug treatments being tested as we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine.
2:52 | 11/24/20

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Transcript for Dr. Todd Ellerin: Best to ‘keep Thanksgiving within own household’
Joining us now is doctor tonic teller and and we talked a lot about the vaccine but there are medicines that may help keep the severely sick a library Knox talked about the new options I understand that the same antibody treatment that the president used we'll start getting shipped out to states tomorrow. Right into this is good news remember the medications we had recently the red deficit here which is an anti viral tribes that virus down the Jackson met the zone which has been shown to save lives in those patients were having an immune storm but. Which we general on what we have our. In outpatient option d.s are not to be used for patients were in the hospital you're trying to get. Early haunts those antibodies can can buy into the virus and in May shorten it doesn't hijack. The cell that's the key so it's been approved for patients at high risk. Not hospitalized and it's been shown to be used early on you can't wait too long or we're trying to figure out how operational like that at the same time while we're really focused on vaccines. And the CDC is advising against holiday gatherings outside of your own counsel now if Americans feel that they have to travel for Thanksgiving what precautions must be taken at this point if you've not been quarantining. Is it too late to safely out an indoor meal on Thanksgiving even with a negative Kobe tests. So it's an important point I want to I want to. Emphasize the fact that a negative asked is not a licensed. Us to take off our mask and get close to our family friends loved ones. Anyone we're celebrating holidays why you're action because this study that came out from the annals of internal medicine showed that this Davey you weren't stacked with cold at nineteen the likelihood that you have a hard to tell us is close to zero there was a 100%. False negative result even by days later on 85. When you had onset of symptoms was still over. 30%. All snag when I say false negative that means you Abd. You were infected with only nineteen like you test negative to a single test is not good enough. Rust to be able to say let's take off the mask and get close to people we still have to practice physical distance learning. And and during Thanksgiving I think it's really important to decide to have families next to gather which I do not recommend but it you're going to due to act as I understand many people are are planning on and it's important to make sure those tables are apart and make sure your masking at all times are lesser eating or shrinking to try to open those windows to optimize speculation these are the things that will keep us. He put negative and an infected or remember. The best thing to do is to keep at Thanksgiving with our own cultural. Really good insight your doctor Eleanor and thinks so much time.

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