Welcome to the #AskReuters Twitter chat. For the next hour we will be discussing the coronavirus with healthcare experts. If you have a question, be sure to include the #AskReuters hashtag.
Q4: Why do some people get infected, and others do not? Does the amount of exposure you have affect how sick you're likely to get? #AskReuters
A5: A common myth is that children cannot catch #COVID19. All ages can become infected. Most cases have been in adults, but kids are not immune. Preliminary evidence reveals children are just as likely to become infected. Their symptoms are just typically less severe. #AskReuters https://t.co/WjBR3iWXSR
Q1: What makes the coronavirus so very contagious? #AskReuters
Q8: What is the most effective way to quarantine people? How do you balance human rights and public health? #AskReuters
Q7: How far are we from producing a vaccine and how much of it will be available? #AskReuters
Opening economy early urged by @realDonaldTrump
could be grave: preventable #COVID19 deaths, overrun health system, doctors at risk, medical triage. Human health & econ health are in harmony. Keep people safe, that will be best for US economy. Invest in PH & Science #AskReuters
A4:The more people a person has contact with, the more likely they are to have contact with an infected person and then become infected. The amount of exposure, and the type, probably does affect how sick you become. #AskReuters
A7: The earliest we will likely have a vaccine in the US is a year or more from now. The vaccine may be limited to first responders and high risk individuals in the very beginning, but the goal will to be to make it widely available very quickly. #AskReuters
Q5: What are the biggest myths about the coronavirus? #AskReuters
Best way to balance HRs & PH is to follow science. We all have human rights, but our rights stop at point where we pose risks to others. No one has “right” to expose family or neighbors to a disease like #COVID. We owe duties to each other & for the common good. #AskReuters
What makes me optimistic re #COVID19 is we’re all in this together. We look out for each other. And we have miracles of science. We WILL get a vaccine to keep us safe. We must be kind to one another, protect the vulnerable, & support health workers, the real heroes #AskReuters
A1. There seems to be a large burden people with #COVID19 who have mild infection and are below the threshold of seeking healthcare (“subclinical” infections). These individuals may unknowingly transmit the virus to others in community settings and drive the pandemic. #AskReuters
Most #COVID19 clusters are in households, so we need to protect our families. Best practice: if a person has flu symptoms, it’s vital to separate everyone in household: different rooms, utensils, don’t touch common surfaces, wash hands, leave food at door. Be Safe! #AskReuters
A2. PCR tests are the main mode of testing now. Depending on local lab capacity, this can have short turnaround times, but longer if labs are overwhelmed. These tests are good at answering the question “do you currently have a #COVID19 infection?” #AskReuters
There are some EXTRAORDINARILY talented scientific, medical, public health, political, and business leaders.
If we listen to the right voices we will get through this faster and with fewer bruises.
A3. Part 2: Current candidates include remdesivir, lopinavir-ritonavir, chloroquine (and related compounds), among many others.
This is a terrific review of the treatment landscape - it won’t age well, but this is as current as it gets.
A3. Part 1: We are not that far from finding drugs to treat #COVID19. There are many large clinical trials underway addressing treatment, BUT ALSO prevention of #COVID19 in those who may have been exposed. Look for early data in 2-3 months. #AskReuters
A5. Got an hour? We’ve heard it all.
The World Health Organization has a terrific “myth busting” section on their webpage addressing some good questions, and some of the more “out there” questions.
If you test + for #Covid19 you should be isolated while contagious. If you’re exposed to #Covid-19 but not yet tested positive you should self-quarantine for 14 days. This can be done safely at home if you’re not too sick and need care. #AskReuters
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Testing is best if accurate & rapid. #COVID19 testing is accurate, but we need more rapid tests. Most valuable would be point-of-service tests so doctors could test in their office and get results quickly. We don't have that now. Also need massive testing for PH #AskReuters
There are lots of teams working on serological tests (@florian_krammer
springs to mind). Rolling out on a population scale will be an essential part of the long term answer, but we need to get through the next month #AskReuters
A1: The new coronavirus is an evil genius in its mechanism of contagiousness. First, before someone even develops symptoms, the virus has already spread quickly. According to @CDCgov
, reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (or no symptoms in some cases) to…#AskReuters https://t.co/xCvS2Z5WAH
A3. Fascinating possible alternative to drugs for #COVID19 is convalescent plasma, taken from blood of recovered patients. Key advantage is that all countries would have access from local population. @amymaxmen
explains in Nature: https://t.co/ocZawH7E0L
In droplet form, the coronavirus is airborne for a few seconds after someone sneezes or coughs, but it is only able to travel a short distance. Buildings can and should take steps to limit the possibility of transmission. (pt.2) #AskReuters
While it would be great if transmission does slow with warmer weather, it does appear that the virus transmits well in hot, humid locations, so we cannot count on a seasonality slowing transmission #AskReuters