CDC to Host Coronavirus Webinar Friday
By David Doolittle

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If you are interested in learning more about the new coronavirus outbreak that began in China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a webinar on Friday for physicians and other health care professionals.

During the webinar, “clinicians will learn about the current epidemiology, infection control and prevention recommendations, specimen collection and testing, and clinical management for patients with 2019-nCoV infection,” CDC’s website says.

The webinar is scheduled for 1 to 2 pm (CT) Friday, Jan. 31. More information is available on the CDC website.

No cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in Texas, health officials have said. Five cases have been confirmed nationwide.

Meanwhile, physicians should remind patients to take the usual precautions to prevent the spread of any virus, including washing hands before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding contact with sick people; and staying home if sick.

You can find more tools and resources to help you and your patients prevent flu as well as the novel coronavirus on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

As always, the Texas Medical Association website has plenty of information on infectious diseases such as influenza.

Last Updated On

January 30, 2020

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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