Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction
As grocery stores continue to stay open, people are asking if touching services such as money, produce or any other objects should be prevented.
With a lot of information about coronavirus flying around, Channel 8 Eyewitness News wants to help separate fact from fiction. We got answers from an infectious disease doctor at CHI Health St. Elizabeth.
The first question is whether or not wearing masks is useful.
“If I’m taking care of a patient with coronavirus and I’m within 6 feet of them and doing something in their mouth, then the masks will prevent you from getting coronavirus but if I am walking along the street or supermarket then it’s not necessary,” said Infectious Disease at CHI Health St. Elizabeth, Dr. David Quimby.
As grocery stores continue to stay open, people are asking if touching services such as money, produce or any other objects should be prevented. Dr. Quimby says the virus can survive on surfaces.
“Theoretically, you could infect yourself with that but if you get the virus on the surface it doesn’t infect you through your hands it infects you through your nose, mouth or eyes so if you wash your hands afterward you will not be infecting yourself by touching things,” said Dr. Quimby.
One of our viewers was curious about the warmer weather. Dr. Quimby says different viruses have different seasonal trends and warmer weather is not necessarily going to kill it off.
We also asked about the people who have coronavirus, are they immune to it moving forward?
“Some viruses such as Measles and Chickenpox, where you are immune for the rest of your life, but now all respiratory viruses are like that and honestly we don’t know until time passes and we see if people get it more than once,” said Dr. Quimby.
If you have a Lysol can, you may have noticed that it says coronavirus is one of the many things it helps kill. This is true but with proper application.
“The label instructions, for example, there has to be enough wet time on the surface before it all evaporates to have adequate sterilization,” said Dr. Quimby.