As New York State prepares for the inevitable rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the New York University School of Global Public Health (GPH) hosted an event titled “Understanding COVID-19: A Panel Discussion on the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.”
The GPH community was privileged to hear directly from Dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner of Health for New York State and chief physician in charge of the COVID-19 response in New York. Dr. Zucker outlined the preparedness measures in place in New York State, as well as NY state’s flexible action plans regarding COVID-19. The event also consisted of an engaging discussion between Dr. Zucker and GPH panelists and faculty experts in epidemiology including: Drs. Cheryl Healton, Michael Merson, Elodie Ghedin, and Joshua Epstein.
During the panel discussion and questions from the audience, key aspects of a successful response were considered such as the critical importance of crisis communication and education, and socio-cultural considerations such as combatting any anti-Asian racism and fears in immigrant communities about seeking help if sick.Tags: Friday Letter Submission