Coronavirus Questions and Answers 3-18-2020

Aaron Carroll answers your coronavirus questions.

00:33 – What’s the deal with NSAIDS? Should we avoid things like ibuprofen now to be safe?
01:47 – Can you do things outside in suburban areas like walk your dog or play basketball? Can kids play together outside?
04:09 – Should you refrain from having people over to your house?
05:37 – How do you practice appropriate social distancing in places like grocery stores and pharmacies?
06:26 – Is it OK to volunteer at places like food banks if you have no symptoms and use a mask?
06:47 – Should I cancel all non-critical doctor appointments?
07:34 – Should student healthcare workers returning from spring break continue to work clinical rotations?
08:02 – How can families of healthcare workers support them while still helping contain the virus?
08:57 – Should we bring elderly parents home from care facilities?
10:07 – Is it safer to have food delivered or to pick it up?
11:32 – What’s with all the different tests?
12:29 – Do we know the rate of false negatives for tests?
13:15 – Will tests show if you HAD it? Or just if you HAVE it?
14:07 – How can we keep track of who has and hasn’t had it?
14:32 – Isn’t it dangerous to forgo testing for asymptomatic patients?
15:41 – If I have symptoms, what should I do?
16:35 – Can it be spread through the air?
18:09 – How long does it stay on objects?
18:56 – How likely is asymptomatic transmission?
19:35 – How long does someone shed virus? At what point are they no longer infectious?
20:08 – I know pets can’t get it, but can you pick it up by petting an animal that was touched by a contagious person?
20:31 – Does infection confer immunity? Is reinfection likely?
21:00 – What about kids with underlying health conditions?
22:16 – What is the level of concern for people taking immunosuppressants?
22:53 – What is the process for getting a vaccine to market?
23:14 – What are the odds of it becoming a recurrent disease?
24:42 – Could it lie dormant like HIV?
25:22 – What are the chances we’ll see multiple strains?
25:39 – Why is the fatality rate for this virus higher than other coronaviruses?
26:33 – Why is the fatality rate so high in Italy?
27:22 – Are we more likely to be like Italy or South Korea?
28:17 – Why aren’t we mobilizing more resources to handle this?
28:55 – Why is the response different than to H1N1?
29:52 – Is it irresponsible to project numbers of dead with so little testing information?
31:00 – Any tips for caring for the sick at home?
31:36 – How important is investment in public health infrastructure to deal with this kind of thing in the future?

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