University of Miami public health experts Dr. Jose G. Castro, professor of clinical medicine in the division of infectious disease at the Miller School of Medicine, and Dr. Jose Szapocznik, professor and chair emeritus of the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences help to separate the falsehoods from the facts regarding the coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. In a Q&A with News@TheU, Dr. Castro and Dr. Szapocznik answered the questions below.
- What are the symptoms people are experiencing who have been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- If you are experiencing mild symptoms, what should you do?
- How can you find out if you have COVID-19?
- If diagnosed, what’s the best course of action to protect yourself and your family, as well as others around you?
- How exactly do they test for COVID-19? How long does it take to get a result?
- How long is someone contagious if they have COVID-19?
- Does having a flu shot help?
- What about the pneumonia vaccine?
- Can people get infected with COVID-19 more than once?
- How long do you think it will take before we get a handle on things and see a slowdown of transmission in the United States?
- Why do you think this virus is primarily affecting older men, and is less common in women and kids?
- Do you anticipate that may change in the U.S.?
- Many people are likely to get restless being isolated for weeks. Do you have any suggestions for how to encourage younger people to stay in isolation or practice social distancing?
Read their answers.
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, Publish on March 27