🦠 Coronavirus and COVID-19 Questions and Answers: 4-1-2020


We’re answering 40 more coronavirus and COViD19 questions from viewers! You can go to the timecode below to see an answer to a specific question. Stay safe! Wash your hands!
1:47 – Please explain the rationale behind the claim that masks are not effective at protecting the general public from the virus, but they are effective at protecting healthcare professionals.
3:12 – MYTH: Using a hair dryer to heat up your sinuses can kill the disease?
3:23 – MYTH: Anyone younger than 40 will just have cold symptoms if they catch the virus.
3:56 – MYTH: Drinking hot water regularly and avoiding eating or drinking cold things will help you avoid the virus b/c hot water washes it out of your mouth and throat.
4:06 – MYTH: Staying inside for a prolonged period will weaken your immune system because you lose immunity to things you’re typically exposed to outside.
4:35 – MYTH: Exercise and a good diet are all you need to avoid the virus.
4:43 – Everyone wants to know what the exit strategy is for social distancing. When is the curve flat enough to get back to normal?
5:46 – Everyone also wants to know: Won’t the virus and all associated problems just come back as soon as we stop social distancing? Or do we have to keep things shut down until there’s a vaccine? How did the Spanish Flu go away?
7:02 – How long is the current situation sustainable? Are politicians right that the cure is worse than the disease b/c we’ll destroy the economy?
8:42 – If there hasn’t been a request for the larger population to do social distancing, am I actually helping others by deciding to do it myself?
9:24 – This week I went to get a (takeaway!) coffee and snack from my favourite place. Later, my sister reamed me for taking a ‘selfish unnecessary risk’. Is it better to be more extreme in my precautions?
10:16 – Is it wise to close college dorms, where everyone has been breathing all over each other in close quarters, forcing students to travel all over the place, some back to family (like grandparents) that are at-risk?
11:30 – If you got infected with Covid-19 and have recovered, can you assume you are now immune and thus not worry about social distancing?
12:04 – Can you explain why I should be hopeful at all that anything that we are doing makes a difference?   The math seems terrible. I’m pretty sure that we can delay incidence of infections, but completely unconvinced that we can reduce the total number. 
13:02 – As a (food) delivery driver, what precautions should I take to protect myself and my customers?
13:51 – Is it safe to be receiving packages from places like Amazon? Should I be disinfecting the boxes as they come in?
14:26 – How worried should I be about things I buy from the grocery store?
15:06 – I’ve seen very different descriptions of cases from different sources, some that look nothing like the symptoms described by the CDC. What does it actually look like to get/have the virus? 15:33 – Beyond symptoms, can you discuss things like how the virus progresses and how long standard/mild/severe cases might last?
16:36 – What is the fever range that is being seen with covid?
16:59 – Are the reports of anosmia/ageusia showing up as an early symptom of COVID-19 legitimate? Should we be telling people to lookout for those symptoms?
17:15 – If you are exposed to a higher viral load at the onset of infection of COVID, will you have a faster onset and more severe symptoms regardless of age or underlying condition?
17:59 – How are asymptomatic people able to spread the virus? Just by talking? Just by touching things that other people touch?
18:07 – Should I be worried about cuts or cracks on my hands or can the virus only be contracted via breathing it in or otherwise getting in my nose/mouth/eyes?
18:27 – Do you think the burden of disease will be spread throughout the country or will it be more localized in specific cities or states i.e New York and Seattle?
19:00 – Can clothing be a transmission vector for the virus?
19:17 – What temperature/time period combination can kill Covid-19?  Can I put something potentially contaminated in my car in the hot sun and kill it?
19:34 – Is the virus mutating?
19:56 – What’s the difference between SARS and Covid19?
20:23 – I train at a small private gym at off hours so there are only 3 to 4 people there at the same time. Is it reasonable to continue going?
20:59 – What are your thoughts on the safety of playing tennis on public courts?
21:37 – Schools are closed in my area but daycares remain open, should my preschooler still attend daycare?

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  1. Lots of questions/comments about the general public wearing masks. If you'd like more from Aaron on this, check out the conversation he had on a recent Slate podcast: https://slate.com/podcasts/what-next/2020/04/covid-19-mask-cdc-guidelines-question -Tiffany

  2. 60k estimated deaths v 18m unemployed. Your answer belies the fact that disease is far more benign than your answer. Wait until budgets are slashed because government balance sheet is recked. See how healthcare goes then.

  3. Your answer on masks was not satisfactory. The whole reason for the lockdown is because asymptomatic positives can tramsit. Hence masks should be considered even if not N95. Also, what about asymptomatic people passing the disease. Do they pass it? If so do they only pass a small viral load?

  4. Can I request a video on PPE during COVID-19? I feel like there is a lot of confusion/misinformation around the use of surgical masks (especially homemade ones), N95 respirators, face shields and other PPE that is running very low. When should who use what and why??

  5. 1: Current situation of Osaka City after the declaration of emergency: April 8, 2020

    Osaka is not panic yet.
    I am self-restrained, but I live safely.


  6. Do we know if there are people who are inmune to COVID-19? I’m not referring to not exhibiting symptoms, but full immunity.

  7. I watched the “Flu” video you did a couple years ago…in the U.S. 2016- 80,000 people died of the flu, and 900,000 hospitalized…why is this any different? Make a video of that…

  8. Advising against masks is ridiculous. I recommend anyone reading this comment to check out Peak Prosperity on YouTube who has tracked the disease since January. Make your own mask and learn to use it. The recommendation against using a mask assumes that you are too stupid to use it correctly. I believe you can learn to use a mask.

  9. This is a new disease, and people are still trying to figure out guidelines. There are asymptomatic spreaders out there. People don't have to cough or sneeze to infect others. Droplets can be produced via conversations or even breathing.

  10. If we did not know this disease to be something different would be able to distinguish the cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as anomalous relative to recent flu like illness statistics

  11. Does we have any clue on long term consequences (thinking on corona family) of the disease, as measles can have?

  12. Please debunk this article: https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/25/how-medical-chickenpox-parties-could-turn-the-tide-of-the-wuhan-virus/

  13. The numbers have to be higher, test results you hear about today are a few days old. Here in Westchester NY, only about 1 in 50 can get tested.

  14. If you had the virus but as an asymptomatic patient, is there any way to know afterwards that you had it? (sorry for my english)…

  15. Why don't hospitals buy masks in bulk from manufacturers? With people saying "don't buy masks because healthcare workers need them," I'm kind of shocked they buy masks from CVS.

  16. I'd love clarification on the new face mask recfomendations–is it reccomended that one wears while exercising/going for a walk/playing basketball, while following social distancing guidelines? We're trying to get outside and have activity every day, and we've not had a problem with keeping more than 6 feet between our household bubble and other households. But my friend is suggesting that my 6yo needs to wear a mask every time we go out. She find the mask extremely uncomfortable (sensory issues) and she isn't ever out in a public setting, so it feel a bit excessive to me, but obviously we want to be responsible.


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