The coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 – now declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) – has been detected in over 100 countries, areas, or territories, and has led to over 4,600 deaths. Currently, there are more than 124,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
These numbers are changing daily. Dr. Gio Baracco, an infectious disease specialist at the Miami Veterans Affairs Health System and professor at the Miller School of Medicine, engaged in a Q&A with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences to learn more about the respiratory disease. Dr. José Szapocznik, chair emeritus and professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences, also participated in the Q&A.
These answered questions on containment and mitigation, their takeaway from the jump in reported cases, the current unknowns of the virus, its symptoms, preventive measures, what one should do if they believe that they have been infected, and measures that should be taken to prevent future outbreaks.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 20