Everyone has questions about COVID-19, many are anxious about the subject and tons of misinformation is being shared on social media. We had our Ethan & Lou Morning Show Medical Corespondent Dr. Stephen Yu to come in studio, answer our questions and the listeners questions on the matter.

 

Dr. Yu is a Urologist out of New Milford, CT. It's important that you know this is not his specialty, but he is our "go-to" medical professional on the show, he did his research and is more than capable of answering these questions.

A big thanks to Dr. Yu for taking time out of his very busy schedule. Dr. Yu's practice is in New Milford, CT at 120 Park Lane Rd A202. I go to Dr. Yu for all matters Urological, he's a great guy and I've always received great care there. As the doctor mentioned, the best resource for information on the coronavirus is on the CDC website. 

No Ethan and Lou interview would be complete without useless questions, information and tomfoolery so we made sure to fit some of that into out time with the doctor. Here's how that went:

I had so many more questions but so little time. I saved them for the next time we have him in, hopefully at a time when the medical landscape in the country is in a better place.

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According to the Department of Public Health, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is considered low for people who had contact with an individual who does not have COVID-19 and does not have symptoms. In other words, a contact of a contact is considered low risk.

Any resident that is not currently showing symptoms of the virus (two or three days of fever, cough, and shortness of breath) can dial 211 at any time with any basic questions.

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The Governor's Office has also provided residents with some important messages to keep in mind:

  • People without symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19. Testing individuals with no symptoms is not recommended by CDC.
  • If you were with someone who does not have symptoms, the risk of transmission is very low.
  • There are many respiratory illnesses circulating in Connecticut, such as the flu and the common cold. Having respiratory symptoms does not mean that you have COVID-19.
  • People are at higher risk for COVID-19 if they have symptoms of the virus (cough, fever, shortness of breath) AND if they were a contact of a positive case of COVID-19 (or have traveled to country with community transmission, such as China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and Japan).
  • Someone is considered a contact if they have had direct, face-to-face contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency).
  • People with general questions about COVID-19 can visit ct.gov/coronavirus or call 2-1-1.
  • Everyone can help stop the spread of viruses in Connecticut.
  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.