Covering coronaviruses? Let an epidemiologist from Georgia Southern University help with your coverage

Covering coronaviruses? Let an epidemiologist from Georgia Southern University help with your coverage

January 24, 20202 min read

By early afternoon Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed a second case of the new coronavirus on American soil. With cases now being detected in Europe and across Asia, the world is watching and worrying about the potential spread of this dangerous virus.


There are 63 cases being monitored in the U.S. that stretch across 22 states, including the first patient in Washington state and the new case in Illinois, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Officials said the new patient, a woman in her 60s, is doing well and is in stable condition. She remains isolated in a hospital as a precaution, U.S. health officials said on a conference call with reporters. The Illinois patient traveled to China in late December and began experiencing symptoms when she returned to the U.S. last week, officials said. She did not have symptoms while flying, they said.

“She was not symptomatic when flying. And based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms develop is low, so that is reassuring,” Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner, said on the call. January 24 – CNBC

As this story progresses – there are a lot of questions journalists are asking.

  • How is this virus spread?
  • How worried do Americans need to be about the coronavirus?
  • Are there warning signs or methods to prevent the spread?
  • And how far away are we from a vaccination?


If you are a journalist covering this developing issue – let our experts help. 

Dr. Jian Zhang has worked with the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization prior to moving to the United States.

He obtained a Doctorate in Public Health from the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina before he joined the faculty of Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.

He is available to speak with journalists regarding the coronavirus and its origins and its potential to spread across America – simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.

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  • Jian Zhang
    Jian Zhang Associate Professor, Biostatistics

    Jian Zhang's research focuses on chronic disease from both public health and preventative medicine perspectives.

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