Metro Health doctor talks COVID-19 on ‘Live Desk Conversations’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In Thursday’s inaugural ‘Live Desk Conversations with Luke,’ Dr. Del DeHart , an infectious disease physician at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health System answered your questions about COVID-19.

Dr. DeHart and Luke discussed how Metro Health is holding up as West Michigan has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, vaccines and mask wearing.

Viewers also posed their questions via email and using the interactive hashtag, #HeyLuke.

Viewer Janice: If someone had confirmed COVID and now has recovered, is there any need for them to wear a mask?

Dr. Del DeHart (Courtesy: Metro Health)

“Although it’s rare, we do know people can get COVID a second time,” DeHart said. “…Your risk, of course, of infecting someone if you’ve had it and recovered is very low but it’s also just a community issue. So I think that you understand that’s low, but everybody that you’re around and interacting with would not.”

Viewer Nancy: If my son had COVID 5 weeks ago will he still tests positive, can he still give me the virus?

“As far as testing, we don’t even test for a quote ‘cure’ in the health care setting because we know that some of the tests we do can pick up particles of the virus that aren’t infectious for weeks and weeks after somebody’s got COVID, but we also know that they’re are only infectious for up to about 14 days at the most and much more earlier on in the illness,” DeHart replied.

You can see DeHart’s more complete answers to Janice and Nancy and his responses to several other questions in the 30-minute replay of “Live Desk Conversations with Luke” above.

News 8 will continue “Live Conversations with Luke” throughout the coming months. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and website for guests as we announce them.

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