#323: COVID-19 & SARS-CoV-2 with Rizwan Sohail, MD

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Dr. Rizwan Sohail is an infectious disease specialist based at the Mayo Clinic, where he holds a joint appointment with the divisions of Infectious Diseases and Cardiovascular Diseases.

He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and then a Fellowship in infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic.

In This Episode We Discuss
  • Distinguishing between COVID-19 (disease) and the actual novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2)
  • What is different about this specific coronavirus compared to others
  • This coronavirus has a respiratory droplet transmission
  • The difference between respiratory droplet and airbourne transmission
  • Time from exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to symptom
  • The disease mechanism
  • Current case reports on those hospitalized
  • In those who have recovered, do we know yet whether they can be reinfected or if they have established immunity?
  • Is the severity of the disease impacted by the length or magnitude of the exposure?
  • On average, for someone infected how many people will they likely infect.
  • How it compares to other viruses in terms of lethality and transmissibility
  • Why social distancing (and potentially self- isolation) is so important
  • Impact on healthcare system
  • Mortality rate is not inherent to the virus alone, but mediated by how the healthcare system holds up, as well as population demographics, etc.
  • Response needed now: a) public health/governmental; b) individuals (context dependent)

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