Created: May 20, 2021 07:15 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)– A lot of you have been enjoying not wearing a mask now that New York has adopted the new CDC guidelines, but will this pose problems for other illnesses besides COVID?
Here's what we've been hearing around town: You're more likely to get sick now that we're un-masking and coming out of isolation.
Are we all more at risk? News10NBC's Nikki Rudd did a fact check.
"I think it's more likely that they'll catch more colds," said Dr. Emil Lesho.
That's the word from the man we've all gotten to know over the past year: Dr. Lesho, an infectious disease specialist with Rochester Regional Health.
"The reason why I say that is because if you've really been isolated, you haven't been exposed to any of the circulating germs," Lesho said.
Those germs are definitely out there! Dr. Lesho says it's very similar to sending your child to daycare for the first time or heading back to the classroom at school. It seems they almost always get sick.
"I think what's going to make it worse is people are going to, you know, throw away their mask," said Lesho. "And that's unfortunate because masks provide a lot of protection."
Another thing to remember if you want to stay healthy: don't get lax on hand-washing! As we come out of the pandemic, some of us haven't been as diligent. It's important to remind ourselves that it's worth the extra time.
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