Experts from across Johns Hopkins, including the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, convened on Capitol Hill last Friday, March 6, for a discussion of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has spread throughout the world since early January. The Johns Hopkins group spoke to an audience of reporters and congressional staffers in the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, DC.
Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School and an expert in pandemics and public health preparedness, discussed the latest information about the outbreak, including symptoms, the latest number of cases, and the challenges of tracking case numbers. Dr. Andy Pekosz, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance and a professor at the Bloomberg School, pointed to ongoing questions for experts to resolve, including understanding how COVID-19 differs from the genetically similar SARS virus, which was eventually contained and eliminated.
The panel was moderated by Ms. Lauren Sauer, director of operations with the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response. Additional Johns Hopkins experts presenting included:
The briefing was broadcast live by C-SPAN.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 13