What we now know about COVID-19

A man wearing a protective mask walks in the cafeteria as it reopened on Liberty Island on July 20, 2020
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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are a few things we know about COVID-19.

The first is that the virus is predictable and it spreads mostly through droplet nuclei. The second is that social distancing and wearing masks can help reduce spread dramatically. 

The unpredictable part is whether or not people in a community buy into wearing masks.

As a result, it’s hard to predict how the numbers will be in our community. Because of that, it’s important to schedule mammograms, colonoscopies and critical bloodwork for conditions like diabetes as they are no less important than they were pre-coronavirus. 

Take advantage of these times when we have better control of the virus.