How to Prepare for the Coronavirus

REPEAT “Wash your hands. Keep a good supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Experts offer practical tips on how to get ready for a possible outbreak.”

Wash your hands frequently...

“... Wash your hands frequently, said Dr. Trish Perl, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “It’s not super sexy but it works,” she said. With SARS, also a coronavirus, but one that is much deadlier, hand washing reduced the risk of transmission by 30 to 50 percent, she said. ...”

GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH...Big Picture: REPEAT “One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.” What is One Health: ““One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.”

REPEAT Some current and past global public health experts who support/advocate – supported/advocated for a “One Health” approach:

Frequent Media Expert Physician/Public Health Spokesperson for Coronavirus Epidemic (potential Pandemic) Threat Status in World Supports a One Health Approach

Anthony S. Fauci, MD

CBS News February 16, 2020, 11:25 AM Transcript: Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Face the Nation," February 16, 2020

U.S. National Institute of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Addresses One Health

“ ….We have long embraced a one-health paradigm at NIAID, especially in the realm of emerging and re-emerging diseases, most of which are zoonoses and must be studied in the context of the ecosystems humans share with microbes, non-human hosts, vectors, reservoirs and other actors. Many of the research efforts about which I speak and write almost daily fall under the one health rubric…”

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
“...we highlight One Health in the book as a critical element of our necessary public health priorities. In fact, I make the incorporation of a One Health approach as a point in our crisis agenda. Hopefully we can continue to advance this very important priority.”

--March 21, 2017: Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH--

Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs by Michael T. Osterholm (Author), Mark Olshaker (Author)


D.A.Henderson, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Resident Scholar, Center for Biosecurity, U. of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor. Dean Emeritus, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pier IV Building, Suite 210, Baltimore,
Maryland 21202

April 22, 2007 Dr. D. A. Henderson, legendary leader of the worldwide smallpox eradication program.

I thank you for your email and congratulate you and your colleagues in promoting the "One Medicine" concept. It is an initiative that is long overdue but, at the same time, I don't personally identify dramatic solutions that are apt to change the landscape in the short term. I would note that when one has had the good fortune to have enjoyed the tutelage of Jim Steele during my tenure at CDC and periodically ever since, as a friend, the one medicine concept becomes well engrained. Indeed, when I came to Hopkins as Dean in 1977, I cast about to determine how we might link up with a veterinary school for research and educational purposes. Unfortunately, geography was simply too great a hurdle to overcome.
Bottom line: I would be more than happy to do whatever I could in support of your efforts.

James H. Steele, DVM, MPH

The biography, "One Man, One Medicine, One Health: The James H. Steele Story," covers more than nine decades of Steele's life from his childhood in Chicago to his retirement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to his work at The University of Texas School of Public Health.