tv ABC7 News Getting Answers ABC November 12, 2021 3:00pm-3:30pm PST
moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. ♪ you're watching "getting answers." we are live on abc seven, hulu live in wherever you stream. we ask questions of experts in real-time. we are searching for gold bull. investigators team up with jeff goldblum to find sasquatch and what will be a fun ending tear week. first, over -- booster confusion, and what will the holidays bring? joining us is abc 7 news special correspondent, dr. patel, coming to us from new york, where you are talking to abc news today.
dr. patel: i am at the mothership, abc news new york, representing the kgo family. i wish we were talking about something as cool as jeff goldblum searching for sasquatch. kristen: i know you want to be part of that interview, but here you are answering our covid questions, a very important thing. i know you want to start with two truths and ally. dr. patel: tell me which one of these is not true. is it a -- 10,000 person trial, relative vaccine efficacy of 95%. or is it b -- the of moderna put out a statement saying their vaccine had a lower risk of myocarditis compared to the pfizer vaccine.
and c -- which one is not true? kristen: you are getting more challenging. i am going to rule out c, because i think that is true, i remember reporting on that, when many kids five to 11. a lot of people on facebook right now are saying b, and our facebook viewers are usually pretty good. b -- final answer. dr. patel: b is not because i flipped it around. the ceo of moderna said they have a lower risk of breakthrough cases but slightly higher risk of myocarditis. this is about risk perception when we look at these pfizer and moderna vaccine spared the data is from france and myocarditis's rate from the maternity shot is 13.3 out of 100,000.
pfizer is 2.7 out of 100,000. in both cases come extremely rare. but the reason a is important is that this is the first large file looking at efficacy after vaccinated person is given a booster. and we hope that trend continues because that's one million kids that got one shot. there is 28 million in this age group. we are hoping to see the trend continue, hoping vaccine-hesitant parents get their questions answered in their little ones get the shots. kristen: if you have a question, you can ask dr. patel on facebook live if that is where you are watching us. you brought up myocarditis and that remains a concern for some parents when considering the shot for their kids. talk about myocarditis versus something else kids could get, multi symptom inflammatory syndrome, which is linked to getting covid. when you weigh the risk of the shot versus getting covid and the risk/benefit, put it in
perspective for people. dr. patel: i'm glad you brought this up, because it is scary for parents. the reality is, there are very rare, self-limiting cases of myocarditis or. card i does, infiltration of the heart muscle around the heart, from the vaccine. they made headlines ma grounds all social media. they scared a lot of people. but the reality is, they are way more rare than the conditions kids can get from covid-19 itself. and they are self-limiting, meeting these kids are maybe hospitalized, maybe not, it self-resolves when they are given a little treatment but it is not a serious case, whereas the disease from covid-19 is horrifying. you mentioned multi system inflammatory, it affects the kidneys, g.i. system, causing systemic inflammation. it is way more severe.
parents have to understand that myocarditis from the covid-19 vaccine is not only extremely recommended is less severe than the actual covid-19 itself. and i see cases of myocarditis all the time, not related to covid or the vaccine anyway. kristen: thank you for clarifying that. we have a question for carol. she says she is very confused. she says if somebody had covid and no vaccination, so i guess natural immunity, do their antibodies equal a faxed -- a vaccinated person with no covid history? and if they had covid plus a johnson & johnson shot, does that equal the vaccination and a booster? dr. patel's signal has gone frozen. we have to talk to the mothership. we will keep the questions coming. dr. patel: i am still here. kristen: did you hear the question?
dr. patel: it is a good because there is still confusion. if you had covid 19, you do have some natural immunity. it does not equate vaccine-acquired immunity and this has been proven in studies, they have better protection. people who have natural immunity plus vaccine-acquired immunity, hybrid immunity, may have even better protection. that is more reason for anyone out there who may have had covid 19 and recovered, to still go out there and get vaccite dr. n
while we continue to try to connect with dr. patel, something neat happening this weekend. the glides holiday fund riser is less than a week away and you will hear music from bobby mcferrin. glide has worked on the front lines of racial justice and poverty for decades. our abc news anchor got details from ceo karen hanrahan. ♪ makes the holiday camp so special, something people look forward to? >> it is a unique event that allows people from all walks of life, all areas, all neighborhoods, all backgrounds, races, experiences, to come
together to celebrate in one room, to see each other close up, to have fun. there is a universal appeal to glides' work because of the values we represent. we welcome everyone with love and inclusion unconditionally. especially now, during the pandemic, i think everyone is feeling a need for that, a need for community, a need for celebration, and a need to find renewed purpose and meaning where we can all be part of the solution, especially in this city where so many around us are struggling so much. kristen: be sure to check that out. just a couple years ago, disney fans entered a new era a toiravore stori wlutoday, our ps marking more than 115 million subscribers with disney plus
day. it is a day to celebrate all things disney plus. and it means even more magic on the streaming service, including upcoming marvel titles, including moon night and agatha: house of darkness. people at disneyland in anaheim were greeted with a blue carpet and more. sam champion from our sister station has more from florida. sam: it has been two years since the launch of disney plus, reason enough for celebration. not just a celebration of disney plus itself, but a celebration of what makes the service truly magical. it is the global community. that community now includes over 100 15 million subscribers spanning more than 60 countries. so, disney plus day as a way to say thank you to the growing global community. subscribers are being treated to a trove of new content hitting
the platform today. the family-friendly adventure film "jungle cruise" is available to all subscribers. the most curious will enjoy the first five episodes from season two of "the world according to jeff gold" from national geographic. ♪ billie eilish fans will get to peek behind the curtains of her cinematic concert experience with a new documentary, "the making of happier than ever: a love letter to los angeles." marvels studios and the legend of the 10 rings is also making its streaming debut today. to commemorate two years of service and all this new content, disney plus has a special offer for fans who want to join in the community. new and eligible returning subscribers can get one month of disney plus four $1.99. that offer only lasts through sunday. kristen: we just saw all those
superheroes in the disney plus story, so let's go back to our medical superhero, dr. alok patel. dr. patel: i am not taking the blame for this. [laughter] kristen: it is all good. however, you can make it a us by offering another round of two truths and ally. dr. patel: this time we are going to go global. audience, deli -- which one is not true. a, the austrian government is considering lucked out on the unvaccinated. or is it b, the health ministry will still cover medical bills for the unvaccinated. or c, according to the world health organization come 70% of diabetics are unaware they have a chronic condition. which is not true? they are all important. kristen: they are all important and i would love some help on facebook live, but i know that a
is true. i read the headline about the austrian government considering lucked down for the unvaccinated. i'm going to say b is the lie. because i am pretty sure when i encountered that headline, i saw that singapore is actually doing it, they are not going to cover medical bills for the unvaccinated, and it is an incentive for people to get vaccinated. i will go with b and check for confirmation. tessa says b and she is usually right on. sally says b and collette says b. these are all women and i trust them. dr. patel: b is correct. i'm incredibly impressed. it is an important movement something a lot of people have talked about, that if people should make the decision not to get vaccinated, should they get the same health benefits? and the singapore health ministry said no, we are knocking to cover it.
they can still get health insurance, etc.. and i don't think a lockdown for the unvaccinated whatever work here. the reason that c is important is that there is a study by who showing a case modality rate compared to 10% compared to two point 5%, a horrific reality given they only have a 7% fully vaccination rate compared to our 60%. kristen: by the way, congratulations to sharon and randy. they got the answer correct. thank you so much. this week, we have her talk about whether we are at the endemic point, we are kind of at status quote we terms of cases, most of the people who are going to get vaccinated have gotten vaccinated. things might get a little worse or a little better. do you think you are at that point where we should start making policy and making individual choices, like we are in an endemic? dr. patel: we are at the point where it is time to start having
a real conversation about what the transition is going to look like when we start to call this an endemic. we can still call it an endemic because we have cases overwhelming hospital systems. we still have a death toll of 1200 people a day. is that something we are going to accept and say, we are were to live with this? we are seeing global out makes swirling around and causing devastation. so, when we get to that phase, yearly on a seasonal basis with these spikes, that is when we can have a conversation about what endemic means. we have the treatment that there to get people from dying but hopefully, as we get more immunity, this will turn into, someone else's quote, and "unknowing cold" because you have a little bit of immunity. that is where we need to get. there won't be a switch that we turn on and call this an endemic. is this still overwhelming our health system of surges? that is where we still are.
kristen: i want to ask about the flu because we are in for season. i read that two years ago, we had 39 million for new cases in the u.s., but last year with a rickety staying home and the lucked out and everything, there were only 2000 cases correct me if i am wrong. it is amazing, but i also read that because of that, this year's flu season could be worse. what you think about that and what other factors? -- and what are the factors? dr. patel: i have heard from epidemiologists that there may be less community immunity against flu strains this year pg still need the annual flu shot. but the bigger concern is that we are going back to normal. kids are going back to school, people are gathering indoors, and that is going to cause a spike in influenza. this year, we have seen a very early cold and flu season. i have seen kids with rsv in september and august, traditionally unheard of.
you mentioned 39 million cases, those are only cases that are documented. we have 40,000 deaths, so ma hospitalizations, and we talk about hospitals filling up right now because of covid-19 in certain states, guess what? we fill up every single cold and flu season, not because of covid. that could be a potential issue especially in communities with a lower vaccination rate. kristen: if you are vaccinated, should you go about living your life at this point? or do you think because of those potential fears and scenarios you described, vaccinated people should still be making different choices? or do you think it is just, if you are vaccinated, do your thing and let's focus on getting unvaccinated people vaccinated. dr. patel: if you're talking about covid-19, if you are vaccinated and at high risk and were vaccinated early, it is a good idea to get a booster to make sure you have optimal protection. and in that case, you can go ahead and live your life because
you have great protection against severe illness or death. just because we are talking about influenza, if you're vaccinated against the flu, you may catch the flu, but data shows you are much likely to get -- much less likely to get severe on this as well. in both cases, if you're vaccinated that want to make the effort of wearing a mask around someone who is high risk, be more relaxed about that. you have earned that. i do that. kristen: 30 seconds left, but it is important to address this. i saw a report today about how 22 million babies mist their measles shots ring the pandemic. can you talk about how concerning that is? dr. patel: it is extremely concerning. measles itself is more contagious than some of the variants we have talked about with covid-19. one person can effect -- one person can infect 16 to 20 people to.
22 million infants missing a measles shot is a bad precedent, especially during a pandemic when parents are afraid to go to a pediatrician's office. i hope those fears are assuaged and people go on a catch up vaccination schedule. and we need to make sure there are no drops in a disease that killed so many children worldwide, fortunately rare in the united states the past two years because of vaccinations. kristen: for 20 years, we thought it was eradicated eerie to think it is coming back and there are out makes, that is a scary thought. dr. patel: we have a saying, these diseases are only a flight away, which is why we still vaccinate things like polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, so many things. kristen: dr. patel, get yourself back to the bay area where we can get a better signal. something is going on, but we appreciate the conversation and we learned a lot. technical problems. dr. patel: i am going to blame
kristen: we are celebrating disney plus day, lots of big shows dropping on the disney streaming service including episodes of season two of “the world according to jeff goldblum.” when episode was filmed in northern california. goldblum goes sasquatch hunting with two paranormal researchers. joining us now are those researchers, greg and a new kirk. thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having us. kristen: i am intrigued. you chose the mount shasta area. why? greg: a lot of strange sightings happened in that area, reports of everything from bigfoot sightings, ufo sightings, ghost
sightings. you name it, it is there. kristen: there is a bigfoot class taught at humboldt state. is that right? greg: i think that is correct. kristen: clearly a lot of legend and folklore. what techniques did you used to draw out eight-foot? dana: some things we did are pretty traditional bigfoot investigative techniques. so, things like tree knocking, leaving fruits and vegetables, we brought pheromone chips, a smelly smell, all kinds of good stuff. greg: there is a lap out of -- lab out of minnesota that mixed you m -- mixed human and private dna -- human and primate dna to mix their own pheromone chip. kristen: i can't give it away, but how did the collaboration began with goldblum?
greg: i think he and his team saw a television series we produced where we were looking for goblins. kristen: so, he was like, i want these guys to take me out there? was he intrepid, adventurous, funny, can you share any stories? dana: kind of all of the above. we keep joking he seems to be just as much of a mythical creature is bigfoot itself. it was a pretty wonderful experience getting to take him into the woods and look for a legend with a legend. greg: he is everything you hope he is and more. he is a national tragedy. l treasure. kristen: with bigfoot, all we have gotten our grainy pictures or videos and technology has gotten so good. don't you think if he existed, we would have concrete footage by now? greg: well, that is if you are looking at bigfoot as an animal. but we think bigfoot is probably
closer to something like a ghost. ghost, poltergeist cases, footprints and handprint all the time. you just don't think anything of them because they look like ours, but if it is the ghost of something that used to exist or maybe something we would refer to as an aggregat by the minds of people thinking about bigfoot all over the place, then that would be why we don't have evidence of it. the truth is, we don't know. i have no idea what it is. it might not exist. we are mostly in it because we think it is fun. kristen: why do you think we are so fascinated with the idea of its possible existence? dana: think bigfoot represents an aspect of us. and it is that wild self. that part of you that wants to go into the woods and to make loud sounds and run around and i and just enjoy yourself. and i think bigfoot represents the search for magic in wilderness places, so getting a chance to go to such an
incredibly beautiful place to look for this legend was an amazing experience. kristen: greg and dana newkirk, thank you so very much for sharing your adventures as jeff goldblum jeff goldblum you filmed this with. --as you filmed this with jeff goldblum. “the world according to jeff goldblum,” is straining on disn
an endemic end when we will return to normal but we got a sneak peek of “the world according to jeff goldblum,” now streaming on disney plus. tonight, breaking news -- steve bannon, one of president trump's closest allies, indicted by a federal grand jury for refusing to comply with a subpoena to answer questions about january 6th. refusing to appear before the house committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol and what led up to it. the day before the riot, bannon on his podcast telling his lioners, quote, all hell is going to break loose tomorrow, and tomorrow is game day. the next di, the attack and as part of it, rioter could be heard "hang mike pence." our jonathan karl asking him, were you concerned about the vice president's safety? how he answers.