Ask the Doc: Staying safe during Memorial Day weekend


As the country prepares to celebrate the first Memorial Day holiday weekend amidst the coronavirus pandemic, for the first time since March, no COVID-19 related deaths were reported in a 24-hour span in East Baton Rouge Parish. Dr. Rani Whitfield says that is a testament to the work that everyone is doing to help slow and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“It’s a testament that we are testing, that our citizens are adhering to the phase one rules and practicing social distancing” Dr. Whitfield said. “But I don’t want us to get too excited and I definitely think we should stay the course of guidance with social distancing” he said.

Dr. Whitfield answered a rapid fire round of your coronavirus questions with NBC Local33 News Today’s Gerron Jordan:

GJ: Is there a vaccine for COVID-19
RW: No

GJ: Is hydroxychloroquine approved for treatment?
RW: There is no FDA approved medicine or vaccine for COVID-19 at this time.

GJ: Are there any antibiotics that people should be considering to take for COVID-19?
RW: There are no antibiotics to treat COVID-19

GJ: Can COVID-19 be transmitted through a blood transfusion?
RW: There is no known evidence that it can be transmitted through a blood transfusion.

GJ: Hand sanitizer or hand washing?
RW: Soap and water is preferable. If you don’t have access, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

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