What Do The Updated CDC Guidelines Mean? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Coronavirus Questions

BOSTON (CBS) — As Massachusetts continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the public has plenty of questions. Dr. Mallika Marshall answered some of those sent to her email (drmallika@cbs.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts. First, doctor, can you tell us about updated guidelines by the CDC outlining how the virus is likely spread in the community? The Centers for Disease Control now says the virus doesn’t easily spread by touching contaminated surfaces or objects. In other words, you’re not likely to get the virus from your groceries, takeout meals or Amazon packages. The main way the virus spreads is through person-to-person contact and respiratory droplets, even among people who are not showing symptoms. So while we should continue to wash our hands and disinfect commonly used surfaces, the most important way to protect each other is to socially distance and wear masks. I was wondering if you would advise that children wear masks while taking a dance class? – Lynn I’m not sure when dance classes and other group activities for kids will resume, but I personally think that anyone who is in an enclosed space with other people should wear a mask at all times, even if students are spaced more than six feet apart. When taking their temperature, if they don’t have a fever, can they still have the virus anyway? – Lynn Yes. Having a fever is a red flag that someone may be infected with the coronavirus, but the abs...
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BOSTON (CBS) — Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Household maintenance services are now overdue. Is it safe to have service techs for A/C and house cleaning in your home for several hours? – Mary Ann If you’re at high risk, it’s still not a good idea to have others in your home. But if you have to have people come inside, keep a safe distance. Have them wear masks and gloves if possible. Open windows if you can to improve ventilation and airflo...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Boston News Covid-19 Boston, MA Health Healthcare Status Syndicated Local Coronavirus Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news
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