As medical experts, scientists and government entities continue to address the growing coronavirus crisis, there’s another aspect of the disease that is creating problems for leaders and officials – how to communicate about the disease responsibly.

As the World Health Organization declares coronavirus a global health emergency, we’ll find out more about the disease and how governments can manage a potential pandemic with Dr. Curt Harris, director of the University of Georgia Institute for Disaster Management.

UGA Experts Discuss Coronavirus

Feb 5, 2020
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Health authorities are developing strategies to work to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Tactics include limiting travel, isolating sick people and keeping travelers returning from the affected region under quarantine.

Curt Harris is a professor at UGA’s Institute for Disaster Management. He says they are training clinicians and first responders on how to protect themselves. But he says back to the basics for everyone else when it comes to keeping safe.

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The University System of Georgia implements immediate travel ban to China.

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The following message has been issued by the University System of Georgia regarding upcoming travel to China.

As of Jan. 30, 2020, the U.S. State Department adjusted its travel advisory for China from “Reconsider Travel to China” to “Do Not Travel.” Based on this guidance and the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations related to the new strain of coronavirus, University System of Georgia and its institutions will NOT approve travel to China effective immediately.

UGA Expert on Coronavirus Outbreak

Jan 31, 2020
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The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Some countries, include the U.S. have issued travel advisories, airlines have suspended flights and companies like Facebook and Ford have banned travel to China.

Dr. Trina von Waldner is a pharmacist and the Director of Continuing Professional Development and Outreach at UGA’s College of Pharmacy. She explains what a coronavirus is.