Doctor answers viewers' questions about coronavirus

Posted at 6:48 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 20:08:18-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Medical Director for Infection Prevention at Lee Health answered viewers’ questions on Facebook live.

Q: Should there be a concern for those who happen to be in the E.R. where one of the victims was located?

A: The fortunate thing is we think that most people who are having casual contact with others are at very low risk of actually contracting this virus. Unless you’re right up in someone’s face, or sitting immediately next to them, you’re probably just fine. I wouldn’t worry about it. But, either way, we want you to watch for symptoms.

Q: How do I talk to my kids about this?

A: This is an ideal opportunity to educate your kids about washing your hands, about good practices of respiratory etiquette. Covering their cough, covering their sneeze. Throwing their kleenexes away after they use them. Not touching things that aren’t theirs. All of the things are important things to educate our kids about, both right now with this virus, and every viral respiratory season.

Q: My two-year-old daughter has pre-existing conditions. Should we consider keeping my son home from Kindergarten in Naples?

A: At this point, the best thing is to talk to your pediatrician. It really depends on what the underlying conditions are, how big of a risk that may be. Stay in contact with your local health department online or through the phone, because they’ll know if there are closures or immediate concerns in the area.