Should I Freeze My Mask? And Other Questions for Local Physicians About COVID-19

Two local doctors talk about the medical and public safety implications of the novel coronavirus on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson.

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Doctors weigh in on how to stay safe amid the Coronavirus


  • Dr. Sanford Vieder, Medical Director at lakes Urgent Care in West Bloomfield.
  • Dr. Paul Kilgore, Associate Professor and Director of Research at Wayne State University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


Should I keep my mask in a freezer?

“I’d recommend putting a mask in a bag and keeping it at room temperature. Would not recommend putting in freezer.” – Dr. Vieder 

What are requirements for getting a test?

“You can list, write down signs and symptoms you’re experiencing, including when they started. Record if symptoms getting worse. Call doctor/nurse and they’ll tell you if you need a test.” – Dr. Kilgore

What is the difference between someone who is considered immune and someone who has no symptoms but has COVID-19? 

“Best answer I can offer is we don’t really know how some people may build immunity. [There’s] not enough data or experience.” – Dr. Vieder

At what point should people consult their doctor if they think they have symptoms?

The “disease can progress fairly rapidly, [so] write down progression. [It] doesn’t hurt to call the clinic if you have signs/symptoms and let them know, better early than late.” – Dr. Kilgore

How do we help elders in our neighborhood or in our family in a safe way?

“Organizations are out there trying to help, but don’t always know where vulnerable populations are. Might help to let those organizations know where help is needed.” – Dr. Kilgore

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