Tuesday, August 25, 2020

PODCAST: COVID 19: Know and Lower Your Risks

Editor's Note: The following episode was recorded on July 24. Certain stats have changed and Texas is no longer in the "exponential" phase of disease transmission at this time.

As we learn more about COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic, there are still many questions left to be answered. It's helpful to have credible guidance: What should we do?

In the latest episode of Texas Medical Association’s Practice Well podcast, TMA’s Director of Public Health, Christina Ly, PhD, sits down with Trish Perl, MD,  to discuss the latest concerns around COVID-19, and provide solid guidance. Dr. Perl is a member of  TMA’s COVID-19 Task Force and Committee on Infectious Diseases and chief of the infectious disease division at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Perl provides an update on the state of coronavirus cases in Texas and review’s TMA’s COVID-19 Activity Risk Chart, explaining why going to the gym or a bar is riskier than having an outdoor picnic or camping. The two talk about face masks: the different kinds of coverings, their effectiveness, when to wear them, and how to properly wear them.

The episode also goes into detail on the measures people should take after being exposed to the virus, the difference between quarantine and isolation, the scenarios people can face if their test comes back positive or negative, and how to safely return to work upon exposure.

View TMA’s COVID-19 Activity Risk Chart in English and Spanish. For more episodes of TMA’s Practice Well podcast, visit us on our website, Apple PodcastsSpotify, iHeartRadio and Podbean.

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