Containing the coronavirus – can it be done?

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As of Jan. 21, America had its first confirmed case of the Wuhan coronavirus, a large group of viruses that presents with flu-like symptoms and is slowly making its way around Asia.

What began as a mysterious virus in Wuhan, China, has claimed at least 20 lives and infected hundreds more. To make matters worse, the news of the virus spreading globally has health officials concerned of another SARS-like epidemic on the way.

As this story develops, questions remain. Sharing the right information and facts will be essential during what could be a major public health crisis.

  • How is the virus transmitted?
  • Can we expect more cases to appear on U.S. soil?
  • Is there a vaccine and are there any preventable actions people can take?
  • Can health authorities stop the spread of coronavirus before it becomes an epidemic?

If you are a journalist covering this topic, let our experts help.

Dr. Jose Vazquez is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. As an expert in infectious diseases, Vazquez studies and treats infectious diseases, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs and fungal infections. A leader in his field and a go-to expert for media regarding this topic, Dr. Vasquez is available to speak with media; simply click on his name to arrange an interview.

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Danielle Harris is Senior Media Relations Coordinator at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-7511 or

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