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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.
ASKED AND ANSWERED
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