North Texas Doctor Talks Truths, Myths Of Coronavirus – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – In the digital age, information is always at hand – but not everything you read online is factual.
CBS 11 spoke to Dr. Minh Nghi with Texas Health Fort Worth on a range of topics related to COVID-19, from how it compares to the flu to whether or not pets can transmit it.
When it comes to concerns that the virus was human-made and intentionally released, Dr. Nghi told CBS 11 that there are many theories.
“What we do know is that it probably came from China in the Wuhan area,” said Dr. Nghi. “With the jet age and travel as easy as it is, it’s very easy to spread from country to country.”
The doctor said the research is pointing in this direction.
“Well, whether it was made in a laboratory, or from animal sources and mutated into humans, or whatever other theory there is, I think it’s early days and it’s really hard to say at this point “continued Nghi.
CBS 11 also asked the doctor about the face masks that have become a coveted commodity and whether they really offer protection.
“Depending on the type of face mask you’re using, it may offer limited protection,” he said. “But the thing is, if you wear a face mask all the time, we’ve found that your breath makes them too moist, for example, they don’t filter as well.”
When it comes to the flu, Dr. Nghi asked how the two really compare. He said COVID-19 is more contagious, although the flu is more common.
“People who have it can spread it so easily, so much easier than the flu,” he said. “That’s why we have these recommendations for social distancing.”
When it comes to pets and whether or not they can make their owners sick, Dr. Nghi that there is really only one way that can happen.
“The only concern is if the pet is exposed to the virus, the droplets can land on their fur,” explained Dr. Nghi. “If you pick it up from the fur, that could be a point of transmission.”