Q: How can people cope with depression and anxiety due to Covid-19?
A: The best technique to follow is to take care of your body, eat healthy, sleep properly, and find a release to help rejuvenate yourself.
Q: Is it safe to have family gatherings?
A: If possible, the safest thing to do is not to gather with large groups of unvaccinated people. The only way to mitigate the risks associated with gatherings is to wear a mask and properly social distance. The CDC has released guidance on safer activities for fully vaccinated families.
Q: Are the number of cases in Mississippi beginning to plateau?
A: No. There are no signs of cases plateauing. Plateauing means that cases are staying at a steady state with little or no change. In Mississippi, the number of cases per capita is one of the highest. The overall goal is for cases to decline.
Q: Are there any racial differences with regard to Covid-19?
A: Yes. African American adults have shown to be the highest demographic per capita for hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths. In the state of Mississippi, nearly 60% of infections are in African American adults. According to the CDC, African Americans and Latino or Hispanic persons are 2.8 times more likely to die from Covid-19 compared to white non-Hispanic persons.
Q: Did the Stay-At-Home orders help?
A: Yes. A journal article published from JAMA recently showed information on an analysis of the effectiveness of the Stay-At-Home orders. The analysis was based on Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio and Virginia. The results showed that the stay-at-home orders did have a positive effect.
Q: What is herd immunity?
A: Herd immunity occurs when the infection rate is lower than 1. At this time, we think this rate is 2 or 3 per person, meaning, every person who contracts Covid-19 spreads it to 2-3 people. Herd immunity is when more people are immune to contracting the illness than there are people who are susceptible.
Q: How long can respiratory droplets last? Is it true that one minute of loud talking can generate enough droplets to linger for 8 minutes?
A: Maybe, there was a study recently about this, but we are not completely sure about this information. We are sure that sneezing and coughing carry many more droplets.
Q: Is it safe to engage in outdoor activities?
A: If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice. You are less likely to be exposed to Covid-19 during outdoor activities. Remember to stay at least 6 feet apart from people who don’t live with you and limit your time around others.
Q: Is Covid-19 the third-highest cause of death in the United States?
A: Yes, coronavirus has become one of the highest causes of death in the United States.
Q: Can you catch Covid-19 a second time after recovering from it?
A: According to the CDC, cases of reinfection with Covid-19 have been reported, but remain rare.
Q: Will this eventually go away or is Covid-19 here to stay?
A: This virus is not going to go away. We will be dealing with it far into the future.
Q: Are swimming pools safe? Can Covid-19 survive in swimming pools?
A: Though the virus will likely be killed in a properly chlorinated pool, going to a public pool is taking a pretty big risk. Swimming involves not just the water, but also spitting it out and aerosolizing it. Though the virus may not survive in the pool, there are many other ways of transferring it from one person to another.
Q: What does Covid-19 stand for?
A: Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Q: What is the recovery time for people who contract Covid-19?
A: For less severe cases, the recovery time is around two weeks. For more severe cases, recovery time could be as long as 6 weeks.
Q: How can I tell the difference between a regular cough and a cough caused by Covid-19?
A: Coughs vary from person to person. If you can tell that your cough is different from your normal cold cough, you should get tested. The coughing caused by Covid-19 is usually a dry, bothersome one.
Q: How can you tell the difference between Covid-19, the flu, and allergies?
A: The symptoms of flu and Covid-19 are very similar and this makes it very hard to tell the difference between the two. The only way to tell is by testing. Allergies, on the other hand, tend to be less severe.
Q: Why do we care about Covid-19 so much? Isn’t the flu more deadly?
A: We care about Covid-19 because it is a more severe illness than the flu and it spreads rapidly. People can get more sick from this, and because the majority of people will have mild symptoms, they can potentially pass it on to others without knowing that they are ill. Covid-19 has about a 0.6% mortality rate compared to the flu which is 0.1%. So, six times more people will die from this illness than from seasonal flu.
Q: What is the difference between the 2009 pandemic, H1N1, and Covid-19?
A: Previously, with H1N1 and other pandemics, those illnesses were severe enough that everyone who contracted them was hospitalized and quarantined. Covid-19, however, can be passed by those who are showing no symptoms and it can become very severe for those with compromised immune systems. Covid-19 shows the same rate of infection as H1N1 or possibly even higher.
Q: Is there a blood shortage right now?
A: Yes, there is a blood shortage currently and because of that there is a national call for doctors to perform only necessary procedures.
Q: Are our state and local officials doing enough to protect us?
A: The hope is that people will receive the messages being issued by our state and local officials about this disease and voluntarily do as medical professionals ask without having to legislate these recommendations.
Q: Are we going to see Covid-19 for the next 10-20 years?
A: Yes. But, hopefully, it will not be a virus that mutates as quickly as the flu and we can have one long-lasting immunity similar to measles.
Q: Should health care workers wear masks when at home with their families?
A: As long as health care workers have the appropriate PPE while in direct patient contact and practice safety measures at home, it should be fairly safe to be unmasked around family. It’s important for health care workers to remove shoes before entering the home, immediately put clothes in the washer, and avoid excessive physical contact at this time.