How Are San Antonio Public Health And Safety Officials Responding To Coronavirus Concerns?
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, so do fears and misinformation about the virus and its related disease COVID-19. What do we know now about the coronavirus threat and how San Antonio public health officials are working together to address it?
The majority of known cases were contracted person-to-person through contact with individuals who had travelled to highly infected areas, but transmission is now also happening through community spread. The most symptomic patients seem to be older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.
How do officials plan for and coordinate a viral outbreak response? Who are the major players? What training and gear is necessary?
What are some theories for how this outbreak will end? Is containment still a viable possibility? What is a realistic timeline for a vaccine?
What steps can people take to remain healthy as this global outbreak continues? What should you know and do to protect yourself and your loved ones?
- Dawn Emerick, Ed.D., director of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
- Eric Epley, executive director of the Southwest Regional Advisory Council (STRAC)
- Chief Charles Hood, San Antonio Fire Department
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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, March 10.