So, if you want to ask the questions about coronavirus you really want answers to from a world-renowned infectious disease expert without an orange cheeto grandstanding, here’s your chance.
Lilly Singh chats with Dr. Anthony Fauci on many of the misconceptions about the virus and knocks down a lot of myths about the ongoing threat.
If you want the Cliff Notes version, basically:
• Coronavirus is not the flu – it is 10x more lethal. Don’t believe those folks comparing it to the flu.
• Coronavirus has a short amount of “hang time” in the air but is mainly transmitted via droplets sneezed or coughed into the air that land on you immediately.
• The virus can live on surfaces for different periods of time, more so on metal and plastic, less so on clothing. Wipe down surfaces in your home with disinfectant.
• Fauci says respiratory viruses, in general, survive better in cold, dry weather as opposed to hot, moist weather. Regarding coronavirus, scientists aren’t sure but Fauci has hope the warmer weather may help.
• Face masks can help but aren’t a sure thing. Fauci estimates they help to the tune of 50% prevention.
• There is no cure. There will be no vaccine for a year to a year and a half. There aren’t any drugs proven to help protect against coronavirus.
• More men are being diagnosed than women, but no one knows why. Perhaps men have more underlying conditions than women…?
• No evidence that Advil makes the virus worse.
• Because of the size of the United States, there’s no way to tell how long before things go back to “normal.” Expect several weeks
Watch Fauci and Singh chat below in more detail.