Monday, June 1, 2020
ABC's Aaron Katersky and this is bringing America back what you need to know. Already in the grip of a deadly pandemic, the nation has been convulsed by days of protests over the death of George Floyd in many cities, demonstrations have devolved into vandalism, looting, fires and clashes with police, a country of shut. Ins is now outdoors together again. Country reeling from public health and economic crises exploded after just the latest incident exposing deep-rooted. In all aspects of American life from law enforcement to healthcare mass protests against police have brought thousands into the streets, and they're raising concerns about new corona virus outbreaks. How many super spreaders were in that craft? Well, they mostly young people. How many young people went home? and. Kiss their mother hello. Or Shoe can't with their father or hugged their father or the grandfather or the grandmother or their brother or their sister. and spread of ours that was new. York Governor Andrew. Cuomo earlier today Dr John Brownstein is an epidemiologist at Boston Children's hospital and an ABC news contributor from an epidemiologist perspective. How do you view these crowds of demonstrators? It's an unfortunate situation that we have. Competing public health crises happening at the exact same time, and so it creates a challenge in dealing with both of them simultaneously when the activities of one are not aligned with the activities that required for the other. And as we've said all along mass gatherings create. A great opportunity for virus transmission. On the other hand. These protests are incredibly necessary. And, so the best thing we can do to offer guidelines and practices for safe participation in these events, clearly, it's not bringing risk down to zero, and we expect to see increasing cases as a result, but again these are necessary activities in this moment in America, and so, what is one to do if you are moved to go out into the street? I think it's every one's right to be able to go and do this. On the only thing we encourage is of course mask wearing hand sanitize Asian. Proxy social distancing where you can. Try to do so. Participating as safely as possible you know that's the best we can do and hope that. These events don't sort of have secondary consequences, which of course would be emergency a new waves of transmission? The other concern clearly is that in situations were conflict arises in the use of pepper spray. comes into play. These can induce coughs. I'm which again further might worsen. Virus transmission people have been shut in. They WanNa Co Express themselves and yet. This precise kind of gathering does pose a risk of transmitting the virus. Yeah I mean at the end of the day. We're calculating risks and you know in times before you know. It wasn't a necessity to go out and demonstrate solidarity in an imporant, you know position of the need for change. Right this moment that is more critical and so clearly. There's a balancing of risks, but again you know were. Police brutality is and other public health crisis that needs to be addressed just as much as the pandemic does. How concerned are you that there could be a wave of infection that results from all of the protests that we've been seeing clearly the protests of maintained plays in places that are still at the very early stages of reopening here in Boston. That's true same is true New York City other places that have experienced the worst of the virus, so these are not places where transmission. Has Come down to zero. They're still active transmission happening in the community, so we expect to see. Cases Rise as a result of this Dr. John Brownstein with us from Boston amid all of this businesses are reopening from their corona virus closures. As of today. You can get a haircut again in Connecticut. Chris Roses the owner of professional barber shop in downtown Hartford where he's been cutting hair for the last thirty odd years. How is it to be open again Chris? It's great to be opened again. After two and half months. Of being close. With zero income. It's It feels good again. It feels like. Countries, getting back to normal now. Slow pace but. Seems like things are getting back to normal. Did. You have a crowd of customers waiting for you to open this morning. A huge crowd! People calling like crazy. They can. Appointments for today all week long. and. It's just yeah, it's. Today's Mondays there usually are slow day. Because you know. barbershops closed on Mondays And it feels like a Friday. Over here at the barber shop, but I. A good feeling for you after as you say, a couple of months of being closed. Fantastic. It was. It was tough to just sit at home. For two and a half months. And just. You, know what it makes me definitely. Definitely feel you know I definitely. Don't want to retire anytime soon and. Nice to. Go back to work. How are you taking precautions or anything? You're doing differently to make sure that everybody's staying healthy and safe. We're following all the. Rules with the state of Connecticut. Everybody's got masks on. we have no waiting room. where? Disinfecting everything. Warren after customers. So we're definitely taken cautions and. Nobody getting sick spreading anything where Tim taking people's temperatures when they come in. We're not even letting people hang coats or jackets or anything and you know just. Just very. A different. It's definitely different. Now the barbershop Feeling, but it's it's. Coming along you know I mean I know I'm desperate for a haircut. How rough shape or these people's heads in? I feel like we're a nation of mullets. It seems. Everybody is walking in here. It's like GOING BACK TO THE SEVENTY S Got A big head full of hair. Look like Welfare Anchorman. Chris Rosa from Professional Barber Shop. In Connecticut, it probably won't take much convincing to get people back to a barbershop, but what about the subway or a commuter train or a bus? As New York City prepares to begin phase one of its reopening next week ABC's amy robot spoke to the interim president of the MTA. Sarah Feinberg about safety and the subway governor Cuomo has said reopening doesn't mean going back to how things were in the past. So how is the MTA preparing for this phase one of reopening? That's right well. It's good to be with you, so the first knows we've been planning for this reopening. Sense the beginning, so we've been planning for this now. For many many weeks. The first thing that we've been doing is cleaning and disinfecting the system, so we now clean and disinfect the stations twice today, and we clean and disinfect all of the fleet of railcars multiple types days. We're doing everything we can to make sure that the cars and the station that the buses that people getting on our as clean and safe as possible or also taking a. A lot of other steps, making sure that we've got hand sanitizer on hand stations in a mass will absolutely be required, but will also have a few masks on hand for those who, for that first day or two forget their mascot halt, so we're trying to do everything we can to sure that the system is aging clean as possible and also communicate with our writers at what they can do to keep themselves safe. I'm curious what you think about. The CDC recommendations that workers should avoid mass transit like the MTA. What do you think about that? We'll look at. It just doesn't work in New York. City, so if if people in New York City. Decide not use mass transit and everyone gets in a car instead. No one's getting anywhere. No one is getting to work that day at all you will run out of gas on one of the bridges, and you will be stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the SDR of other road, but but no one's. One's getting to work that day. So you know look, I think the CDC's doing the best they can under very tough circumstances I absolutely disagree with them on this. Let that might work in some places. It might work in the suburbs. It might work in rural. America is not going to work in New York City and even if you did get to where you're a going good luck, parking all right Sarah Feinberg. Thank you very much for joining us today for all of your efforts. During these times, we appreciate it. Great to be with you. Concerns growing that widespread protests may cause corona virus, cases and death tolls to rise with me now as ABC chief medical correspondent Dr Jen Ashton. There are so many concerns today, but a lot of people are starting to go back to work. Cities are reopening, so workplaces are trying to figure out if testing can be used as a way to get employees back to work well, we're certainly. Certainly, looking at that, and that's the hope. We even heard the Atlanta mayor say if you were protesting this weekend, you should be probably tested for corona virus this week because you're close together, you're yelling in terms of testing. Here's what we know right now for a deep dive. The FDA authorized the first home option saliva. Test back on May seventh. That may be hugely important as As people try to go back to work, it was developed by researchers at Rutgers University. There is one FDA authorized at home nasal swab but the thinking is really that saliva testing, because it's so much less uncomfortable than the nasal swab may be better as it gets brought into the mainstream, and we don't have long term data on the saliva testing, but what is thinking about? About saliva versus the swamp well, that's a really important question. Amy, anytime you talk about a test. You have to look at how accurate it is, and what kind of results it gives. Theories are that it likely results in lower exposure to healthcare workers, which is why so much attention is going towards this type of saliva testing, and in terms of data, it may actually give more. Consistent results then the nasal swab so again with that's referring to is false positives or false negatives. Test is only as good as the data results. You can get from it so a lot of enthusiasm. Our hope about this saliva test and yet we talk about this a lot. There are still so many unknowns right, and so one of the biggest is how or if this will be utilized. Let's say in workplace or even school communities how it can be manufactured, and then processed in massive quantities, because that is a key that re- that involves supply chain issues, and then again cost. You have to talk about cost. If something is available like I'm hoping for, let's say on. On the drug store shelf it has to be inexpensive enough that people can go get it and use it in many cases repeated right because there's not one and done probably not all right Dr Jen, thank you very much. Over the weekend. As we mentioned, a wave of protests swept across this country in response to the death of George Floyd, in Oakland as in many cities with started as peaceful protests turned violent with reports of vandalism and looting here to discuss this Oakland Mayor Libby Chef and mayor chef last night's. We know that shots were fired at the police administration building, and unlike other city is cities in the bay area. You have not imposed a curfew why? We've not imposed a curfew at this time because we want to focus our law, enforcement resources on people who are committing criminal acts of violence, vandalism looting and we did make sixty arrest last night. And we recognize that we will. We are not taking that off the table. We are constantly assessing the conditions and the intelligence that we have, but if we do impose a curfew, it's with the knowledge that historically curfews have been used as tools of government, oppression and racial bias, and so it's very. That we recognize that historical context, should we choose to use what is pretty indiscriminate tool again last night we were able to be very effective at bringing people to justice removing them from doing the harm to our community, but it is at an unacceptable level. We certainly are looking at every tool at our disposal, even though we recognize that historical context of this particular tool and Obviously we are in really tough times, even before this with this pandemic business owner struggling. What would you like to say to those business owners in Oakland who are now also concerned about their property and their safety right now. We are in a lot of pain in this city to wake up and see our beloved community trashed with with hateful messages, graffitied everywhere and incredible damage to not just you know big corporate stores, but little mom and pops many businesses owned by people of Color and and that is what has been so painful. You Know Oakland was one of the very first parts of this whole country to go into a shelter in place. We've been taking the corona virus endemic very seriously, and so these small business folks are just hanging on by a thread already, and they are so sympathetic. This is Oakland. We're the birthplace of social movements. We we have been doing this hard work around racial social justice for a long time, and so to see these these store owners that have put their entire lives into their livelihoods. It has been heartbreaking, but we are continuing to create safe space for those who want to express their justifiable rage and grief at the national travesty of racism, but But we are also trying to protect our community, and it has been very disconcerting just to see the national level of civil unrest. Certainly certainly and we and we've heard actually from the Atlanta mayor earlier today about this next question. How concerned are you about the potential spread of the corona virus in your city now as a result of all of these people gathering in close contact during these protests. I am terrified because let's be clear. This virus spreads so easily and I am very concerned that two weeks from now we will see a tremendous spike on Friday night. We had nearly eight thousand protesters all in a single tight group. That is not safe. I will commend other kind of. Activists organized a CAR CARAVAN A to demonstrate yesterday two thousand cars that was socially distant and also expressing appropriately during the daytime. The rise raising up the issue that is really in people's hearts right now, but people cannot afford to get sick and many of the impacts last night were in the very neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by the corona virus, and that has been just what has really been painful as a mayor that that is so committed to the safety and wellbeing of my convene mayor chef over the weekend to federal officers stationed outside a federal building there in downtown Oakland were shot on. One of those officers was killed and a senior official from Homeland Security tells ABC, News that shooting is related to the protests over the death. Authorities are calling it an act of domestic terrorism. What can you tell us about this investigation right now? Yeah our hearts go out the friends and families of Patrick Underwood. He is the federal agent who was killed on Friday night. And this level of hatred and Animus is is just killing our country. It is ripping US apart. All this harm is not advancing the message. My understanding is that whether or not it is related is still under investigation. It is being seen as an act of domestic terrorism, and we certainly hope that the FBI and federal investigators bring Mr. Underwood's killer to justice and we certainly WanNa. Thank you, Oakland Mayor. Libby shaft for taking the time to speak with us today during these times. Thank you up next right here when we come back Dr, Jen Ashton joining us with your corona virus questions plus the beloved tradition looking a lot different this year for many families, the virtual summer camp that may offer a getaway without ever leaving home. There's not a person in. America hasn't been impacted in some way by the coronavirus pandemic, but at every community there are pockets of people who suiting up every day. Last. Seventy stretch these. Essential workers the people who are keeping our world moving. To drop off, produce for one of our tenants, and now in a new podcast from ABC News. You're going to hear from them in their own words, but there's always the risk that I could bring this home to my kids or my husband or my parents. This is the essentials inside the listen on Apple podcasts or your favorite podcast APP. Welcome back to what you need to know. We have Dr. Jen Ashton here in the House and Dr Jen. There's a new study out. That is looking at the connection between diabetics and complications with covid nineteen. Yeah, this was really interesting. It was a study done in France and they were looking at patients with diabetes both types type, one and type two, because usually when we hear the word diabetes without even saying we're really. Dealing with the people with type two diabetes, but this study in France found that one in ten patients with diabetes died in the first seven days after hospitalization for nineteen, one in five patients with diabetes needed ventilator support in terms of breathing needs to be put on a ventilator in terms of this group they found higher rates of death against with men with diabetes with obese men with diabetes, and with diabetes alone, and they teased it out. Eighty nine percent had type two diabetes. Three percent had type, one diabetes, and again the thinking is that just having diabetes can alter our immune response our. Our basic inflammation level which a May then interact with cove nineteen, and so learning more about this population, really really important, because we've known really from the beginning that there are much higher risk, and so you always say, it's important to know how you can use results. So what can we do Dakhla, and so I think one of the the hopes or directions in the future is that if you really understand how high risk this group is, then, could they be screened differently? Could they get aggressive treatment that differs from patients who don't have diabetes? That's the key in medicine. Once you make that observation. Observation Tailoring to actually improve clinical outcomes right from the onset when they walk in. If they know they're diabetic, maybe there could be more aggressive former literally, rony beginning exactly that's the hope next question now that things are opening up. Should we be concerned about using currency rather than credit cards? So many people wondering the same thing? Amy and I think first of all. It depends on how you felt before about using currency. Remember that the virus has not disappeared. It's still there, so we have to learn how to live with it. Good News. Is that just recently? We heard the CDC say they believe. Believe that contact spread or foe might transmission to geek out with the technical term is not a major route of spread of corona virus so again handwashing is the most important thing and we have to balance. We can't live our life in a sterile environment, and that's right this next question I'm going to be listening to because I haven't seen my mother in five months. So this you were asks. I haven't seen my mother in four months because she lives twelve hundred miles away. What is the best way for me to visit? Is it safe to fly or is driving the best method well in? You know what we know about. The transmission of various respiratory pathogens in air travel is not as bad as people think. It's actually a lot safer than you think. Depending on various conditions, obviously spacing hand hygiene wearing masks. That air is circulated every four minutes through heap filters on major airlines. So that's good news. Driving of course can be safe as well but again when you stop. If you need to get gas, use a bathroom, eat stay overnight in a motel or hotel. You could get exposure then so it's about balancing that and making an individual decision about what's best for you. Next question! Could a microwave or oven kill covid nineteen on surfaces like paper, plastic or food probably but again to go back to the CDC, reese and finding. They really don't think that surfaced contact. Transmission is a major concern here for this spread, so microwave or intense heat kills almost everything. But where are you going to draw the line then right? You can't obviously microwave or heat everything so I think it's a balance and again the respiratory transmission much much arrests. Yeah, that's important to remember when you're weighing what? All right next question. Do you think we will see requirements for international travel that may include showing testing and results for both people entering and leaving the US well very interesting question because again you and I have spoken about this so much. If you test someone, it doesn't catch everyone who's infected. That's just a basic premise of infectious disease, because there's a latency period from when someone is exposed to win, the disease starts to manifest either with symptoms, or in this case forty percent up. Possibly don't have any symptoms, so if you screen based on symptoms, you're GonNa Miss. Miss People, any test can have false negatives so whether we're going to see that coming soon to a theater near US unclear at this point I'm sure people are looking at it country by country, but again that's not the only infectious disease that we have to worry about. It's just added to the list and right now it's at the top of the list. That's true. That's true all right. Dr Jen, always giving us that good perspective, we appreciate it, and you can submit questions to Dr. Jen on her instagram. At Dr J. Ashton, this summer is going to look. Look a lot different this year. Due to the corona virus, many camps are closed or are operating unlimited capacity, which means parents will have to switch from home schoolteacher to camp counselor well here to help and tell us all about her virtual summer camp called Happy Camper. Live is Allison Miller. Thanks so much for being with us and tell us how you created. Happy Camper live so I'm actually a real life summer camp, director I've Been Camp Director for twenty two years, and about two and a half years ago, my husband and daughter volunteered a global camps Africa and And they spent two weeks working with kids from the poorest townships of Suadeau, when they came back light their lives for change, and they kept talking about their experience in the impact. It had on the kids that they work with and day after day we'd being conversations and I said to my husband I wanNA bring summer camp to every kid in the world, no matter where they are geographically no matter what their socio economic hands I want to bring them the magic summer camp, and so this was created two and a half years ago when we spent two summers. Building and Engaging real camp counselors in producing these hundreds of camp activities that are part of our website today all right and so yes I can understand how that might happen in person. But how do you bring that experience to these kids virtually? Well great is. We have so many things that we can bring kids in our world. We have live activities every day where we have these real camp. Counselors that are engaging with the kids inspiring in terms of what their passions are, and then we have hundreds of other activities that we have produced that have sports and music and art and fitness and dancing, and all of the things that we do at summer camp bringing that. That right to their homes. We also created this three hundred sixty degree virtual experience where they actually go into the camp, and they can try those activities and experience them the actual facilities in a campground so while we can't bring them all to camp. We are bringing camp to them. Pretty Cool, and I'm sure parents who are listening to this or thinking. This sounds pretty nice, but the next question will be. Does it cost money to participate? So we have free content every single day for kids and we make that accessible. That's part of my mission. We have live content as well as recorded content that they can experience as well as a subscription model, which is four, nine, thousand, nine for a month or eleven ninety nine for three months, so we tried to price it very reasonably, but there's plenty plenty of things for the kids to do. That's pretty and also have a great blog that gives parents, tons and tons of ideas of what they can also do too well Allison Miller. Thank you for all that you're doing and I'm sure parents everywhere are applauding your efforts as well. Thank you so much and have a wonderful summer. Thank you you too now. The rising problem of dropping vaccination rates a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic ABC's Diane Macedo with the warning from doctors and some creative possible solutions. The world anxiously awaits vaccine for COVID nineteen experts warn children nationwide are falling behind on other vaccines, leaving them vulnerable to dangerous preventable diseases, a recent survey by ABC News Shows Every one of the twenty states that responded reported a rapid decrease in the number of children receiving routine vaccinations this after the CDC reported the number of vaccine doses order for mid March to mid. April was down from last year by two point five. Five million doctors warn the drop could lead to so called many epidemics measles. There's also protests were really worry or going to see untold cases of measles, measles is way more infectious than coveted sir now, trying to assure patients that the doctor's office is a safe place to be as I. recently took my son for his own vaccinations. The waiting room was completely empty, and his doctor assured me precautions in place we see. In the afternoon and we clean everything. Overnight start everything all over again. Kirk, you and Some are also finding creative ways to make these visits as easy as possible here in New York. My pediatrician has teamed up with adult doctors to, offer family checkups? Everything is seen by the. And the adults who may have. Their own healthcare. All the same time for me, it meant I could just walk down the hall and get my own checkup long-overdue. Check otherwise. The trip I was fearing for me and my son ended up bringing me much peace of mind for his health and my own. And our thanks to Diane for that a challenge, parents and caregivers are facing right now is understanding the importance of getting your children vaccinated, even and maybe even especially during a pandemic to shed a little more light and answer a few questions on the topic of vaccines, please welcome Dr Harvey Carper Noun Pediatrician Sleep expert inventor of the SNNU and New York Times. Author thanks for being with US Dr Carp so if you can start by telling us the importance of getting your kids vaccinated before during and after a pandemic. I know it's a crazy crazy time, and of course everybody's been sheltering. Get home, and so that's caused a real drop in visits to the doctor and immunizations, but you know we would. Parents would line up around the block if there were a vaccine against cove, it and we have great vaccines against so many illnesses that are even much more serious for young children than coke. It is measles. I'm Menigitis like that whooping cough, which can be quite quite serious and land children in the hospital. Hospital or even worse, so we it. It's understandable why there's been a reduction in the number of of vaccinations. Some states like Massachusetts and Minnesota show sixty or seventy percent drop, but now that we're kind of inching back into our lives, we also have to get back into getting children protected, and there are so many ways that doctors are making that easy and safe professionals. That's right and I know you say there are two reasons. We should not put off those vaccines. What are they? Well of course, one is to protect your child right I. Mean You want your child to be protected against getting some serious illness? The other to protect all the other children in your community, because these are very contagious, diseases measles a huge outbreak in in Washington. State earlier in the year. Measles is like a thousand times more contagious than covert is and so just as all of the other children who have gotten back stated, and all of the parents were brought their kids to the doctors to get vaccinated over the last ten years are protecting your child right now, so there's less illness around the babies are born a month in two and a year from now are depending on all of us to get our vaccines. The keep the rates of. Illnesses low, so they're not at risk. Yeah, no, that makes perfect sense and obviously we know it's important to keep our babies and our children safe, but sometimes as parents way, forget that we're important, too. So explain what parents can do to stay safe and healthy while keeping their family safe. We know his JEN said earlier. It's all about good hygiene right now you know, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and wear masks when you're out in public and try to get your sleep, which is hard to do as a parent, but you know you WanNa? Do the best. You can to avoid Kobe right now. That's the big scary thing and the last apparent wants is to get sick with that. Babies don't do so badly with it. Adults can be seriously ill so probably. The number one thing for parents to do right now is to do all those good hygiene recommendations that that all doctors are talking about. Yes, because if we're not helping, we can't take care of the people. We Love Dr Harvey Karp Thank you so much for that very important vice. We appreciate it. Thank you same to you. The Camden Coalition is a nonprofit organization based in Camden, New Jersey, that works to improve care for individuals who have complex health and social needs will now the organization has helped a local New Jersey hotel into a shelter for individuals recovering from covid nineteen, who are either homeless or do not have a safe place to quarantine here to discuss the incredible work. The Camden coalition has been doing. Is Michelle dynamic a registered nurse and clinical manager at the Organization Michelle? Thank you so much for being with us and tell us just how the Camden coalition happened in the first place. Thanks for having me. The Camden Coalition for years has worked to serve vulnerable individuals in the community and around the Camden community. To improve their health and wellbeing, and we've always really live by the philosophy that it takes a village to support the communities needs, and so we've always had strong partnerships, and when the pandemic hit we worked with existing partnerships with the volunteers of America who run the local shelters and the county, and we all share the understanding that was gonna be people within our community who test positive for Covid, and would need a safe place to go to court teen. Give that's that's a beautiful story how it happened organic waste. Can you walk me through your daily routine? What the care processes like for these people? So, many most of our people who arrive are come as referrals from either the hospital or community organizations, and then when they arrive, we the stay at the hotel are nurses. Call them on the phone mostly to make sure that their symptoms monitoring their symptoms and making sure they have their needs met, and then we do a lot of coordination with their primary care. Doctors Medication Coordination things like that. That and in some instances if we need to do more thorough assessment than we will go into the hotel to do that, that's incredible. I know all the while making sure that workers like yourself are staying safe as well as the patients. What happens once? An individual is ready to leave the hotel, so somebody is ready to leave. We get really exciting. We say hey. You kicked covid and. We make sure that they have a safe place to transition to for housing, so the volunteers of America has been doing a great job of helping individuals get into transition to a shelter or another option to where they can go and continue to heal. That is beautiful in every way. Thank you so much for all that you do Michelle Edina for the work from you and the Camden Coalition. We appreciate it. Thank you. You and we turn now to our Dr Nash for final thoughts on this Monday, so amy I want to give people a prescription to deal with the intense emotional and psychological stress, as well as the physical stress that everyone is dealing with right now so that's going to be the theme of the week, and I'm going to kick it off with one of the most important things we can all do for head to. To Toe Health, which is sleep we've talked about before. How sleep has been very commonly disrupted during the pandemic for a slew of reasons, sleep has a major PR problem in this country. We look at it like it's a luxury. It is a medical necessity, and if people are listening, that wanted to do something to improve their immune system, start with sleep on adult seven to nine hours a night. There are powerful associated. Associated Effects and causative effects that being sleep deprived can have on your immune system, so make today the priority to set a regular sleep schedule. Make your bedroom cold, dark and quiet I promise you that getting seven to nine hours of sleep will improve how you think how you feel and potentially really improve your immune system as well. Thank you very much Dr. then and that's our program today ME ROBOT! Thanks for listening. Okay so in the New York. Times tells you. One of the eighth news. podcasts worth listening to well you to say. Thank you to go on Start Smart. We start here the ABC News daily podcast. Take us with you. Listen to us now free on apple podcasts.