M. Rizwan Sohail, MD
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
- 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)
Links & Resources
- WHO - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases map by Johns Hopkins University
- Mayo Clinic Coronavirus Page
- Ethics of Precaution: Individual and Systemic Risk Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Joseph Norman
- Twitter: @RizwanSohailMD
- LinkedIn: M. Rizwan Sohail
- Coronavirus #COVID-19 FAQs - by Rizwan Sohail [published Feb 28]
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