BELOW ARE RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS ASKED BY OUR COMMUNITY TO A CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE (INFECTIOUS DISEASES)
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH (EPIDEMIOLOGY).

TO ASK A QUESTION PLEASE GO TO THIS FORM.

 

(New questions with answers are added to the top of the list, fyi)

 

 

Can you go for walks with a friend side by side?

YES, BUT BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TOUCHING THINGS

 

I thought I heard a doctor say that there are certain variables to whether you can survive the illness. For example, underlying conditions and being older make you more vulnerable - but I thought he said it also matters HOW you contract Covid-19 as well. What does that mean and did I just misunderstand the statement?

HOW BIG OR IMPACTFUL THE CONTACT IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE MORE VIRAL PARTICLES IN CONTACT THE WORSE.

 

Could it be Coronavirus if you are experiencing consistent pain/pressure in the chest and back area but never have a fever or respiratory cough?

POSSIBLE, BUT VERY UNLIKELY

 

When will LA run out of beds?

NOT LIKELY, MORE IMPORTANT FOR VENTILATORS. DEPENDS ULTIMATELY ON THE PANDEMIC’S TRAJECTORY.

 

Should we have playdates, one on one?

NOT YET. CHALLENGING.

 

If someone isn't feeling well and we want to get the test how do we get it?

NEEDS MORE SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS THAN THAT. IF SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT (FEVER, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH) THEN NEED TO CALL YOUR DOC.

 

Because there was a family in direct contact with our children, do we get priority testing because there has to be a connection?

DON’T KNOW.

 

We are social distancing - staying clear of all people aside from grocery stores, quick target trips etc. but we really want our kids to be able to see parents who are both 78 and my sister and her husband, both local. If everyone in my extended family is basically housebound and we’re all isolating, is there a big risk or problem for us all to be together for occasional dinners in and my kids playing at their houses?

AT THIS POINT NO GATHERINGS EVEN OF FAMILY FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND PROBABLY LONGER. IF WE’RE GOING TO DO SOCIAL DISTANCING WE HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT FOR IT TO WORK. NEED TO ALSO ACT QUICKLY IF ANYONE GETS SICK. 

 

If you’re a carrier of the virus and you don’t know it. After 2-3 weeks of home isolation can you still pass it on?

POSSIBLY BUT PROBABLY NOT - BUT THAT’S  A GUESS - NO DATA YET.

 

ANOTHER WAY OF ASKING DOES THE VIRUS DIE OUT AFTER A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME AND THE CARRIER - WHO’S BEEN ISOLATED - CAN THEY BECOMES SAFE OR A NON-CARRIER. IT EVENTUALLY DIES AS IT RUNS OUT OF SUSCEPTIBLES OR THE BODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEM EVENTUALLY DOES THE JOB.

 

My currently very healthy boyfriend works as a manager on the floor at Walmart. I keep encouraging him to take the sick days he has compiled NOW, but he seems to think he should use them when "sh*t really hits the fan" and things get really bad. Is he right, or am I?

I CAN’T ANSWER THAT. NOT ENOUGH DATA. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THE SOONER YOU DO SOCIAL DISTANCING HE BETTER. IT’S HIS CHOICE BUT THE MORE VIRUS THAT’S AROUND THE BETTER HIS CHANCE TO GET INFECTED.

 

If I was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone who HAS Covid-19 should I quarantine in your opinion? I wanted to offer free babysitting for families in need etc. and I don't know if I should?

THIS IS A SECOND DEGREE CONTACT AND NOT OF GREAT CONCERN.

 

I’m displaying symptoms of diarrhea beginning 24 hours ago and a really sore lower back that began and hasn’t dissipated in 36 hours. I’m displaying no other symptoms. Should I risk exposure to get tested for COVID-19?

NO

 

I had a very low 99.5 temp for 6 days but I’m fine now. My son now has a 99.8 and a headache. What is considered a fever? I keep hearing “low grade” so I am concerned.

NO

 

I am reading conflicting information about asthma and whether this puts a middle schooler in an at-risk group if otherwise healthy.

ANY UNDERLYING CONDITION IS A RISK FACTOR, ESPECIALLY A RESPIRATORY ONE BUT IN GENERAL, KIDS ARE AT LOW RISK.

 

Is it ok to go to an open park with the kids?

TODAY PROBABLY NOT MIGHT CHANGE AS THINGS DEVELOP

 

I’ve read on CDC.gov that a fever is a symptom, but what if it started with a headache and sore throat and has now developed into a cough, congestion and heart palpitations?

THAT’S OF CONCERN

 

How worried should otherwise healthy adults who have asthma be?

A CONCERN ESP IF OLDER THAN 60

 

Even if the growth of cases in the US slows, will it make sense to reopen normal society before a vaccine is available? Could we be living like this until 2021?

TOTALLY IMPRACTICAL. IF WE LOSE THE IMMEDIATE BATTLE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THEN I SUSPECT WE WILL GO THROUGH A HORRIBLE PERIOD FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS AND THEN IT WILL BE TEMPORARILY OVER. WE WILL THEN NEED TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS FOR A VACCINE (12-18 MONTHS) FOR THE NEXT ROUND.

 

Is a cough sign of COVID 19?

YES

 

If you’re a carrier of the virus who shows no symptoms, how long do you stay infected?

UNKNOWN

 

Does the virus die off after a certain about of time?

YES

 

If you had the virus and recovered, can you get it again? Do you build up immunity to it?

UNKNOWN BUT PROBABLY NOT

 

If someone isn't feeling well and we want to get the test how do we get it?

CAN’T TODAY BUT THAT WILL CHANGE SOON

 

Because there was a family in direct contact with our children, do we get priority testing because there has to be a connection I heard?

NOT SURE AS THIS IS CHANGING DAILY

 

If we have flu-like symptoms is it would important to know if we have Covid-19 or do we just self-quarantine and treat as we would the flu?

CAN GET A READILY AVAILABLE AND RELIABLE FLU TEST

 

Is it known yet whether people who contract COVID-19 develop an immunity to the disease, reducing the chances that they contract it again in the future?

UNKNOWN