Watch: “Lifting measures does not mean the pandemic is over”

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On Thursday 7th May at 16:00h, Newsbook.com.mt again hosted Public Health Consultant Tanya Melillo for Newsbook Q&A.

16:52 Thank you for following us.
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16:52 The Q&A session ends here.
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16:50 One of the most effective measures remains social distancing said Dr Melillo.
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16:46 Dr Melillo said that our country should be one of the countries to declare it is COVID free however, it is difficult to tell.

At this stage, the authorities are very worried from what they can see how the people have reacted as from Monday since some of the measures have been lifted.

"It is not over yet" – said Dr Tanya Melillo.
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16:43 A person said that the virus has affected her mental state and she is experiencing forgetfulness and that her medical doctor advised her that yes this could be possible.

Dr Melillo said that it is important that we do not rush to conclusions about our health – The woman could be feeling other symptoms not related to coronavirus.
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16:40 When will airports reopen?

Dr Melillo said that this would be one of the last measures to be lifted and social distancing would be very hard to maintain on a plane – authorities need to consider this factor too.
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16:38 It is not proven yet if coronavirus effects certain people then others. For example are dark-skinned people more exposed to the virus than light-skinned people? Dr Melillo said that there are no studies which prove this.
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16:37 When going out we need to minimise the amount of time we spend outside, said Dr Melillo.
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16:33 Since the lifting of some measures, authorities have noticed that not everyone is understanding the importance of abiding by the instruction of how and where to wear a mask.

Dr Melillo said that to have the new normal depends on how people react. Unfortunately, not everyone is understanding this. By lifting some measures does not mean that the pandemic is over.
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16:28 The government is trying to keep a balance between maintaining the economy stable and the health of the general public.

Dr Melillo said that this aspect is being discussed on a regular basis. She also said that it is still soon to reopen childcare centres. Till now authorities have not identified a way how to address this.

Also, children should not make contact with the elderly or vulnerable people as a child can be a carrier of coronavirus.
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16:25 Are there guidelines on how elevators can be used?

Ideally, people should avoid using lifts and not more than two people should enter an elevator at once. Hand cleaning and the use of masks remain of great prevention.
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16:22 Kawasaki disease: This is a disease which was already present in our country. There are no studies which show that if children contract the virus will eventually develop the Kawasaki disease.

The viruses and other bacteria are still present. If people feel any kind of symptoms they have to get tested and check if they have other viruses and get treated at Mater Dei as other health conditions are still present.
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16:19 What is the difference between hand sanitizer or a disinfectant?

The most important are the ingredients inside the product rather than the name to describe it.

A sanitizer is a chemical that reduces the risk to a safe level. A disinfectant is a chemical that destroys all organisms listed on its label.
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16:17 Another question asked to Dr Melillo is about people who worry about their neighbours having contracted the virus.

Dr Melillo explained that if this is the case people should not worry as long they do not live with the person. However, they can still report to the helpline 111.
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16:15 The Q&A session had to resume for a few seconds due to technical issues.
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16:13 Dr Melillo is explaining that authorities are taking small steps to ensure that the positive cases do not increase again. If this happens authorities will have to implement the necessary restrictive measures to again contain the spread of the virus.
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16:10 Can vulnerable people go out to swim during Summer?

It is important that people keep the social distance. The elderly are advised to stay indoors however, authorities will revise the measures in due course.
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16:09 Is vitamin D important during the pandemic?

Vitamin D is not important more than other vitamins. The most important is that we stay healthy through the food we eat.
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16:08 How do we clean the visor?

Dr Melillo explained that it needs to be wiped with alcohol from the front and the back.
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16:06 We should never touch the front of the mask as our hands may be contaminated. If the mask is disposable it is important to be disposed of in a proper manner. If the mask is not disposable it can be washed with warm water.
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16:05 Those who are not feeling any symptoms are advised to keep social distance when entering retail shops or when waiting outside the shops said Dr Melillo.
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16:03 Dr Melillo is explaining the importance of wearing masks but it does not mean that people do not need to wash their hands or not maintaining social distance as advised by the authorities.

The mask is added to prevent a person from contracting the virus.
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16:02 Editor in Chief Sylvana Debono will be hosting this Q&A session.
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16:01 Don't forget to download the Newsbook.com.mt app and subscribe to our WhatsApp alerts for the latest updates.
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16:00 Public Health Consultant Dr Tanya Melillo will be replying to the questions sent Newsbook.com.mt readers in today's Q&A session.
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16:00 Good afternoon and welcome to Newsbook Q&A.
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Dr Melillo will answer all your queries about COVID-19. She will also show the proper use of masks and visors, speak of the imperative need for social distancing and transitioning to a less restrictive society.

Dr Tanya Melillo, Consultant in Public Health on Newsbook Q&A on Thursday 7th May at 4pm.

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