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FAQ: What the new mask guidance means for you and your kids

Raven Brown
Created: May 18, 2021 06:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y (WHEC) — News10NBC has gotten many good questions on one of the more significant changes since the start of the pandemic.

We went in-depth with Rochester Regional Health Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Emil Lesho to get some answers. 

Let's start with one concern we're hearing again and again.

Q: If businesses are not going to enforce masking rules, how concerned should I be about my unvaccinated children?

A: “I don't see how businesses are going to be able to enforce this, you know they are going to grapple with that. If they are just taking people's word for it, you have no way to know whether or not if you are at the grocery store the people next to you, if they got the vaccine or not, so yes they are at risk.”

Q: “If my kids are 12 and under, should they keep the mask on?

A: “In my opinion, yes because it does provide a level of protection if you wear it the right way.”

Q: “What are the risks when it comes to getting COVID If I have the vaccine?

A: “If you are healthy and not on any of those strong medicines you are highly protected. You can assume that you are highly protected for at least 8, 9, 10 months. Maybe longer but we have to wait and see.”

Q: If I did have COVID, is it the same as getting vaccinated and what level of protection do I have?

A: “I think most researchers and experts think you get more protection from the vaccine. That's because either the vaccine makers are extremely smart or they got lucky. That's because they designed the vaccine to target more parts of the virus. So more regions of the virus whereas a natural infection you are only targeting a smaller region of the virus to get immunity to."

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