ASK 2 CORONAVIRUS
Answers to the top 13 questions asked during our Ask 2 Town Hall on coronavirus vaccine
A panel of experts answers questions about the coronavirus vaccine during an Ask 2 Town Hall on Jan. 13, 2021. KPRC 2 is always working to get answers to your questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. Imelda Garcia, associate commissioner of the Department of State Health Service and chair of the state’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel, explained. Dr. James McCarthy, of Memorial Hermann, said you should not get the COVID-19 vaccine while you are actively infected with the virus. Follow the latest coronavirus vaccine headlines and submit your questions about the vaccine at Click2Houston.com/vaccine.
Ask 2: Where can I get the coronavirus vaccine?
Answer: As of this writing, state health officials have restricted initial doses to people in two groups -- Phase 1A and Phase 1B. The bottom line is that if you don’t fall into either of these groups, you are not eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine at this time. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services has created a map that helps people locate a vaccine provider. If you believe you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you should contact your health care provider or pharmacist to find out where you can get the shot. Here are answers to other Ask 2 questions about the vaccine:
Ask 2: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19 ?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Can mosquitoes spread COVID-19? The CDC says there is no evidence at this time that mosquitoes can spread COVID-19. The main way to spread COVID-19 is from person to person through respiratory droplets. In a June study from the World Health Organization, scientists tested mosquitoes for viral transmission and brought back negative results.
Ask 2: What documentation do you need to carry if you can’t wear a mask for health reasons?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: What kind of documentation do you need to carry if you physically or mentally cannot wear a mask? What classifies a medical exemption for the mandatory mask order? A report shares that health experts say legitimate medical conditions such as chronic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease make it more difficult to breathe while wearing a mask. Health experts warn that falsely claiming to have a disability to avoid wearing a mask is harmful to people who actually face medical conditions.
How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic?
How risky is flying during the coronavirus pandemic? Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too. Air travel means spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which puts you into close contact with other people. As travel slowly recovers, planes are becoming more crowded, which means you will likely sit close to other people, often for hours, which raises your risk. Airlines also say they are focusing on sanitizing the hard surfaces that passengers commonly touch.
Ask 2: Are employees who work in an office required to wear a mask?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Does a business office, such as oil and gas businesses that operate in a high rise office building, have to require employees to wear a mask per the orders? Answer: Office buildings, regardless of whether public visitors are welcomed, are deemed commercial properties. Businesses operating in an office setting should follow the mask mandate. Harris County businesses that do not comply with the order could face a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.
Ask 2: Does the American Disabilities Act allow people not to wear face masks?
HOUSTON The Department of Justice is warning of fraudulent images and false information regarding face mask usage. The department said there has been no notice or public information regarding the use of face masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, the Department of Justice did not issue or does not endorse them in away. The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption that relieves people with disabilities from complying with legitimate health and safety rules. The public can visit ADA.gov or call the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 and 800-514-0383 for more information.
Ask 2: Are oral surgeries part of the elective surgery pause?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Are oral surgeries part of the elective surgery pause? Dr. Terri Alani, dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Society in Houston, said the reason for Gov. Alani said oral surgeons usually perform surgeries in their offices and have a sterile area set up where surgical procedures can be done, such as getting your wisdom teeth pulled. Alani said dentists in the Houston area are not able to get their hands on supplies to perform oral surgeries.
Ask 2: How do you report businesses that are violating the mask order in Harris County?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: How do you report the businesses violating the mask order? Answer: A mandatory face mask order went into effect as of 12:01 a.m Monday, June 22 and will last through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. Under the order, Harris County businesses that offer goods and services are required to ensure all its visitors and employees are wearing masks. If you find a business that you think is not in compliance with the mask order, Harris County officials say you can report them by calling (832) 839-6941Do you have a burning H-Town-related question?
Ask 2: Answering questions about the surge in hospitalizations and current cases
HOUSTON During a Facebook Live Thursday morning, KPRC2 Health Reporter Haley Hernandez talked about the surge in coronavirus cases across Texas hospitals and answered your questions below. Are schools going to reopen if the cases keep going up? Heres an example of what they know about UV light on surfaces. Can you get the virus twice? Here are two websites that can help:Are the number of recoveries subtracted from the positive cases?
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