WE are now in the fourth week of the coronavirus crisis, but many of you still do not know how to best protect yourself from the threat.
That’s why we partnered with Dr Hilary Jones of TV, who has already answered thousands of your questions.
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Today, Dr. Hilary – Health Editor for ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Lorraine – explains to Emma Pietras why it is useless to take antihistamines to beat the virus and what certain pre-existing conditions may mean for you in the situation current.
It also explains why we must continue to respect social distance.
Q. I got the pneumonia vaccine. Does this give us protection against Covid-19?
A. I am afraid that is no. It specifically protects against infection with a nasty bacteria called pneumococcus, which can cause a secondary bacterial chest infection in someone with viral pneumonia, but the vaccine does not protect against the coronavirus itself.
Q. My family and I were isolated for 14 days because I had symptoms. My daughter and I have to go back to work. If my daughter experiences symptoms, should we all isolate ourselves again?
A. Yes. If any of you develop symptoms of a persistent dry cough (a new one) or an increase in temperature, the process starts again.
Once new tests are available to people in your position, we will know whether or not you should self-isolate. Until then, it is better to be careful.
Q. Does taking antihistamines help fight Covid-19 infection?
A. Antihistamines have nothing to offer in the fight against Covid-19. They have no antiviral action.
Q. Where can I buy the Covid-19 antibody test?
A. Do not buy an antibody test for the virus. To my knowledge, there is no specific, reliable and validated test available commercially, and those which are advertised are at ridiculously inflated prices.
All reliable tests that become available should be reserved for frontline doctors and nurses and their families who can self-isolate so that we can find out which ones are immune and are therefore safe to return to work with patients.
Q. I have a lung infection. Am I more likely to get the virus?
A. Chest infections cause inflammation of the respiratory tubes and lung tissue, which can reduce resistance to secondary infections.
Viral infections are often complicated by bacterial infections and this would be the only reason why antibiotics could be used.
You must therefore stay at home, avoid visitors and practice physical distance so as not to be exposed to the virus while being slightly more vulnerable.
Q. My wife and I have been isolated for more than two weeks, as have our two daughters and their families. No one has symptoms, so why can’t we see each other now, respecting social distance?
A. We ask everyone during the lockout to stay at home as much as possible, avoid public transportation, work from home if they can and only go out for essentials and physically distance themselves from others when he does.
The more people come into contact with others, the more the virus spreads. If an infected person transmits the virus to one less person than before, the infection rate in the population will decrease by 95%.
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Q. Should people living alone wash their hands as often or disinfect their homes as often as those living together?
A. For people who live alone, the risk is much lower. You will only be exposed to the virus if someone brings it to your home, such as a visitor or delivery.
So there is less need to wash your hands, but you still need to do it if you are handling mail, for example, or even petting your neighbor’s cat or dog.
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