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WATCH: MU Health Care doctor discusses safety precautions as state continues to reopen

Dr. Ilboudo and Zara Barker live on ABC 17 News This Morning May 19
Dr. Ilboudo and Zara Barker live on ABC 17 News This Morning May 19

COLUMBIA, Mo. -

MU Health Care pediatric infectious disease expert Dr. Christelle Ilboudo joined ABC 17 News This Morning and discussed the steps that should be taken as the state continues to reopen.

Ilboudo said it's important to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. She added children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask. Ilboudo said it can be difficult for young children to keep the masks on.

The pediatric doctor said people should maintain social distancing, even when at a restaurant.

Ilboudo said schools should look at how to control group size as they work through reopening options for the upcoming school year. She added making sure there are different entrances and exits will help keep group size down.

Ilboudo discussed the importance of getting children vaccinated for other infections amid the COVID-19 outbreak. She said there has been a drop in the number of vaccinations given out because parents may not feel comfortable taking their children into hospitals or clinics.

The doctor said health professionals are worried about the potential of new outbreaks if children aren't vaccinated.

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Zara Barker

Zara Barker is an anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News. She anchors the Breaking News Desk during the morning newscast and anchors the 9 a.m. broadcast.

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