The emergence of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China began making headlines last December. In the weeks that followed, the world watched as the virus spread and health officials worked to contain the outbreak. While the fatality rate has not approached that of its cousins SARS and MERS-CoV, the number of people infected has far exceeded that of these previous viruses.
As the virus spreads, so too does public fear. Join biology faculty Dr. Heather Axen and Dr. Anne Reid to examine the current pandemic and the broader questions it has raised. Are we prepared to deal with emerging diseases? Where do these viruses come from? What contributes to their spread? What can be done to minimize the likelihood of new pandemics? How can we keep the public informed without triggering panic and hysteria?
Roundtable discussions are open to Salve Regina students, faculty and staff, and the Pell Center provides a free lunch. As space is limited, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.