Dr. Boris Lushniak, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, joined Massachusetts Representative Joe Kennedy III for a live question and answer session on the Coronavirus pandemic on March 12, 2020. The event is archived on Facebook.
Kennedy, who represents the people of the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts, and Dean Lushniak addressed questions submitted by many via Facebook Live. The session started with an introduction by Dr. Lushniak acknowledging the scope of the pandemic and what is involved with mitgating its spread.
“We have not been here before,” said Dr. Boris Lushniak. “We’re blending the unknown of a new virus that is affecting us and having the capabilities of being able to respond…. We’re in the mitigation phase – it’s here and it’s all over the world – how do we prevent it from spreading more than it already has?”
He reassured people that the requirements of social distancing are not an overreaction and are critical to stopping the virus’s spread.
Questions from constituents, included:
How long does the virus stay airborne? How long can it live on surfaces?
Why are the tests so hard to come by?
At what point are infected people contagious and for how long?
Why do our local clinics lack the medical equipment and protective gear to deal with this?
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