Rep. Comer, doctor hear from Kentuckians on coronavirus issues

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

WESTERN KENTUCKY (WEHT) Many people have asked questions about the coronavirus and its impact since cases were first reported earlier this year. Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, and a doctor answered some of those questions from those they represent, and care for.

Instead of going to their town hall, people picked up the phone and called them to learn more about the Coronavirus, its affects and about the bill Congress is working on that should give them some relief.

“Once someone has the virus, will they be immune from it?”

“On this tax rebate, if you’re on social security with a pension, will you qualify for a stimulus package deal?”

Those were some of the questions people asked Rep. Comer and Dr. Kyle Turnbo of Paducah during a telephone town hall. People asked how long the pandemic could last, potential treatments and testing. Dr. Turnbo says once someone gets over COVID-19, they will build up an immunity to it.

“For the vast majority of people who become infected with COVID-19, after they had amounted the appropriate immune response, which takes on average about 10 days from exposure, those people are now going to be immune from infection,” he said. Dr. Turnbo adds more testing is needed on vaccines and potential treatments to ensure they don’t harm people.

People also asked about the stimulus bill up for a vote in the house and when businesses can reopen. Comer says people on social security or a pension will be eligible.

“Unless for some reason, you make $100,000 a year. If not, you will be 100% eligible,” he answered, when asked about eligibility for those on social security.

Congressman Comer adds once Congress approves the bill, the relief money should start showing up in at least four to six weeks.

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(This story was originally published on March 26, 2020)

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