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Student Questions about COVID-19 Answered by Kim Hurst, Liberty ISD Nurse

May 1, 2020

No questions were submitted this week so I'll just remind everyone to follow the guidelines to keep ourselves and others safe.  If you're going out to eat or to see a movie, keep your distance from others.  If you're sick, stay home!  I'm excited that things are opening up but we still need to be cautious!  Covid-19 isn't gone.  And as always.....keep washing your hands!

April 24, 2020

Hello again Panther Nation!  We've learned since our last Q&A session that we won't return to school this school year.  What a weird end of the year!  And the two questions for the week relate to that subject.

When will this outbreak end and when will we go back to school?

I wish I knew the answer to this question because I'm sure many people would love to know!  I'm tired of it, too.  It would be nice to go back to our routines before covid-19 but the truth is our routines will most likely be different for a while.  I hope we can return to school in August but I can't say for sure we will.  I mean, I never thought we would still be on "spring break"!  I think we're closer to figuring it out, but I have no idea on an actual date.

Are we going to get to graduate?

This one is out of my area but I'm sure everything possible will be done to make sure the seniors of 2020 will graduate!

Follow up on a question from last week....Two pet cats have tested positive for covid-19 in New York (in different areas).  So it looks like pets can get it.  Protect you AND your pets!

I enjoy getting questions from you, I really do!  Keep being safe, keep up healthy behaviors.  I can't wait to see you all soon!

April 17, 2020

Another week with some great questions!  I'm so glad to hear from you again!  Keep 'em coming!

How is the virus transmitted?

Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.  This means that people who are sick with the virus could spread it to others by coughing, sneezing, or even just talking to them in person.  When the other person breathes those germs in, then the virus makes them sick.  People may get it from surfaces but it's not thought to be the main way.  It is still being studied so we have to make sure to keep watching for updated news.

Can animals get the coronavirus?

There is a tiger in a zoo in New York City that tested positive.  But there isn't currently any evidence that pets can spread the virus to people.  We should treat our pets though as we would other family members.  Don't let them interact with people or animals outside of their home.  More information is needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected.  Another topic to watch for updated news.

When will school start back?

That's a hard one!  I don't know the answer to that.  We definitely want to make sure all students and staff are safe to be around each other.  We miss everyone so I know we want to be able to be together again.  I'm sure as soon as the decision is made, we all will be told.  

Again, thank you for sending questions.  I hope everyone is doing well and being safe.  Keep washing your hands!!

April 10, 2020

Hello Panthers!  I miss you all so very much!  I'm excited you have questions and am happy to try and answer them.

Why covid-19 spread around the world?

Covid-19 is highly contagious.  Since so many people travel around, it was easy for the virus to spread to many countries.

What age group is the covid-19?

At first, it was thought that covid-19 was more of a threat to older people.  But we have recently seen younger adults getting sick with the virus and even children.  So I think any age should take it seriously.

Will everyone wear masks when we get back to school?

I personally don't think everyone will have to wear masks when we return to school.  I think it would be very difficult for students to continually keep them on for 8 hours.  But as we learn more about the virus, procedures may change.  It's really hard to tell at this point.  Great question!

Can baseball come back plz?

I WISH!  I miss watching games, and I know many of you miss playing them!  I don't like that we can't do so many things right now but I believe it's important to cancel events to help our family, friends, and community be safe.

I LOVE hearing from you all!  Make sure you remember to wash your hands often!  Until next week....

By Lindsay Matlock

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