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Stanford University Webinar on SARS and COVID-19
Yann Meunier
Everyone is welcome!


The COVID-19 outbreak is front page news and has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. This is not the first time we have faced a threat from a coronavirus. What can we learn from past outbreaks to help prepare for COVID-19?

In this noontime webinar, you will revisit the 2002-2003 SARS pandemic and explore similarities and differences between this crisis and the current outbreak. You will learn how the SARS virus compares with COVID-19 in incubation and transmission period, virulence, symptoms and complications, and how health officials worldwide are handling the COVID-19 outbreak in comparison to SARS.

In addition, you will discover details on COVID-19, dispel myths and rumors circulating about the virus, understand how the disease is diagnosed and treated, and learn steps we can take both individually and collectively to avoid exposure and illness.

Instructor: Yann A. Meunier, MD was formerly the director of international corporate affairs and business development for Stanford Hospital and Clinics and was the director of the Stanford Health Promotion Network. He is experienced in infectious diseases and has taught classes on epidemics including SARS, H1N1 (swine flu), and the seasonal flu.

Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) is one way, albeit imperfect,to express the impact of infectious disease on global health. The attached article in Infectious Disease News, November 2013
by J. Glenn Morris Jr., MD, MPH&TM addresses the subject. Would value Yann's thoughts on the subject.
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