Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health.
Are flu and COVID-19 vaccines live vaccines? – Charles
There are two main types of flu vaccine. The most common is the flu shot which is made from killed virus and suitable for most people. There is a nasal spray version which is made from live virus and not for everyone. As for a COVID vaccine, there are multiple in development. Most of them are not made from live virus.
Once there is a proven vaccine for the coronavirus would it be something you may need to take every year like the flu shot? – Denise
We don’t know. That’s certainly possible. And when you do get vaccinated for the first time, you’ll likely need a booster in a month or so to get the best immune response. But we’ll know more as the clinical trials proceed.
Would it be better to stay in a hotel or family’s home when visiting another state? It is a large family with children in school. I am 76 years old. – Mary, Facebook
If you’re going to be around people, even if they are family members, who you don’t typically live with, then it’s probably safer to stay in a hotel. Just make sure the hotel is taking precautions to keep guests separated from other guests and staff.
I was diagnosed with pneumonia two months ago and tested negative for COVID. I still has a cough and wonder if I was misdiagnosed and really had COVID. – Cam, Facebook
Pneumonia is an umbrella term for inflammation in the lung and can cause a lingering cough. It can be caused by a variety of germs including bacteria and viruses, including the coronavirus. Pneumonia is diagnosed by a doctor listening to your lungs or by chest x-ray. It’s possible you had pneumonia caused by another germ or it’s possible you really had COVID but had a false negative test.