Gov. Brown holds Facebook Q&A on coronavirus


Coronavirus risk is not the same as measles

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The State of Oregon is processing 80 coronavirus tests a day and have 1500 coronavirus test kits ready if needed. More than 100 people in Oregon ar being monitored to see if they develop the virus. So far, no children in Oregon have been diagnosed with the virus.

That and other information came out when Gov. Kate Brown hosted a Facebook Live on the coronavirus with Dr. Dean Sidelinger and OHA Director Patrick Allen on Wednesday.

As Brown read questions, the health leaders said most people who get the virus get mild flu-like symptoms and do not need hospitalization.

One question wondered why health leaders aren’t sharing all the locations of where those with the virus have been before they were diagnosed. The answer is the risk is not the same as it was with measles.

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“Measles is highly contagious, 5 if not more times contagious, than this virus. So if someone is in a large room and leaves, that virus can stay in that room for up to 2 hours after they leave and anyone not immunized can come down with that disease,” Dr. Sidelinger said. “COVID-19 really requires more closer contact — someone coughs or sneezes, droplets come out and those usually spread within 6 feet. So if someone is within that 6 feet they’re potentially exposed, but if they wash hands and don’t touch their nose and eyes they’re going to be safer.”

Dr. Sidelinger said basic household cleaning products do work to remove the virus.

State health workers are reaching out to people who have been in close contact with patients who are diagnosed to have them self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms such as a cough and difficulty breathing.

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